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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 September 2005, 14:53 GMT 15:53 UK
Throwing events



How to throw...the discus

Discus

The discus requires power, great speed and lots of spinning.

STEP ONE

Discus

The discus should be held by the pads of your fingers with the thumb resting against the side of it.

Face away from the direction you are throwing and prepare to spin.

STEP TWO

Discus

Think of yourself as being coiled like a spring.

So your body is twisting with the legs and upper body.

Right-handed throwers should rotate to the right and then unwind back towards the left.

STEP THREE

Discus

To generate speed and power, try to move on the balls of your feet.

As you uncoil, your weight is shifted to the left with your right foot being swept around to the middle of the circle.

And then the discus will trail behind you.

STEP FOUR

Discus

After rotating one and three-quarter times, your feet should be in position at the front of the ring.

The discus should then be released with the chest, hip, knees and toes facing the front.

And hopefully it will be a long throw.

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