Facts About the Olympics That I’ve Just Made Up: Javelin

In the earliest years of the Olympics, the throwing event of Javelin was not a competition to see who could throw the furthest, but a competition of accuracy.   For the first few Olympiads, the competitors hurled their javelins at a painted target (much like a bullseye), but fans soon lost interest in this sport.  In order to reinvigorate the event, the IOC made the controversial decision to introduce moving targets. Each competitor was allowed to pick one athlete (of any discipline) from an enemy nation to be his target. The goal was to impale the target between the shoulder blades. Needless to say, if the targets wished to survive, they would have to outrun the projectiles that were hurtling towards them.  And that is how the 100 Meter Sprint was born.


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