This is the object that gets thrown the furthest in the stadium. Each athlete has a runway of about 30 metres to help them gain speed. The javelin is thrown in an arc painted on the ground. Contestants have three chances to throw the Javelin as far as possible within the arc.
The best Olympic Javelin throwers are often Scandinavian, like the Swedish athlete Eric Lemming, twice Olympic champion at the beginning of the century, and the Finn, Myyra, who succeeded him twice. At that time, the greatest distance for a javelin thrower was 60 metres. Nowadays it is more than 90 metres !