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Events: Athletic: Freestyle Shot Put



Freestyle Shot Put

Freestyle shot put How far can an athlete, unrestrained by traditional rules of method, actually throw the shot, as opposed to putting it with one hand? In order to answer this question, and no doubt find some interesting throwing techniques along the way, the Fringe Games will hold what is believed to be the world's first freestyle shot throw competition. In this challenging new event, the thrower must stay within the limits of the 7ft diameter circle, but he or she may use any unassisted method of throwing the shot.

Freestyle shot put While it is expected that most throwers will opt for some type of two-handed throw, it is possible that techniques which use the superior strength of the leg muscles to do the actual throwing may be tried. Apart from a front of body release, two-handed throwers may use the longer acceleration afforded by the step back, overhead throw, or the more difficult over shoulder release with full rotation of the trunk. Qualifying distances for the Fringe Games in New Zealand will be posted shortly.

An athlete recently described the overhead throw like this; "With the shot cupped in both hands I hold it up high and then lower it slowly right down to the ground, curling myself up over it, holding my power coiled up like a spring. And then I smash out of there - uncurl, unleash and let it go, just as it lifts me off the ground. I explode out, arms out, legs out, into a star. It's like slow motion and coming back down I'm waiting to hear the thunk of the shot as it hits the ground, and it takes a lot longer than normal."


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