Special Olympics Sailing

Equipment

Shot Put

Rules

Competitors take their throw from inside a 7-foot diameter circle. They must rest the shot close to the neck during the approach and throw. Competitors may touch the edge of the circle on a put, but not exit. All shot puts must land legally in the throwing area to be counted. Competitors may choose their own style of approach, yet only two are practiced today: the glide and the spin. Distance put is measured from the inside of the circle to where the shot first lands. The competitor with the longest put at the end of competition is the winner.

Description

Shot Put is an individual sport where competitors throw a small, metal ball. The competitor with the longest throw is the winner. Shot put is a sport originating from ancient Scottish athletic competitions. The rounded stone thrown by ancient competitors has been replaced by the heavy metal ball used in modern competition. Placed aside competitors' necks, the shot put is thrown with the goal of achieving maximum distance. The competitor who records the longest throw is the winner.

History

Shot put originates from ancient Scottish Highland games, where competitors would attempt to throw a rounded stone the farthest. This sport remained popular in Scotland into modern times, and was featured at the first modern Olympic Games. Today shot put is a popular track and field event around the world, drawing competitors of all ages and skill levels. The highest level of competition is still found at the Olympic Games.