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Highland Games Throwing the Weight

Scottish Highland Games. Throwing the Weight for Distance. This is the most graceful of the heavy events, combining rhythm with power. The weight is an iron sphere of twenty eight pounds on a chain with a handle on the end, which measures eighteen inches overall. It is delivered from behind the trig, with a run up not exceeding nine feet. The thrower swings the weight to the side, then round behind him; letting the weight drag as far as he can. He then waltzes round once, twice and on the third turn, he heaves the weight round and throws it as far as he can. The main problem here is for the thrower, having gathered so much speed in turning, to stop at the trig.

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