The javelin throw is a sport event, a part of the track and field. The athlete holds the javelin (spear) in one arm and, while running, throws it as far as possible. It is an official Olympic sport.
Unlike other throwing events, javelin allows the competitor to build speed over a considerable distance. As a result, a javelin can reach speeds approaching 113 km/h and to cover the distance of 104.80 m.
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