At the collegiate and professional levels, the men's discus weighs 2 kilograms and has a diameter of 22 centimeters. The women's discus is slightly smaller, weighing 1 kilogram with a diameter of 18 centimeters. In high school, the boys' discus weighs 1.6 kilograms and the girls' weighs 1 kilogram.
In all levels of play, the discus is thrown from a circle 2.5 meters in diameter, according to About.com. Competitors may touch the inside of the rim that surrounds the circle during the throw, but not the outside of it. The thrower must also remain inside the circle until the discus hits the ground or a foul occurs. A U-shaped net surrounds the throwing area to ensure the safety of bystanders.Learn More
The hammer throw is a class track and field event in which participants throw a metal ball attached to a thin wire. The men's hammer weighs 16 pounds, according to Hammerthrow.org. The women's hammer weighs 8.8 pounds.Full Answer >
The first ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, which is a sanctuary on the Peloponnesos peninsula. The site and the games were sacred to Zeus, the king of the Greek gods of Mount Olympus.Full Answer >
During the ancient Olympics, events were held for boxing, chariot racing, running, javelin and discus. Events such as wrestling and jumping were also included.Full Answer >
Pierre de Coubertin, who designed the Olympic logo with five interlocking rings, suggested that the rings represent the five general areas of the world where people (and the athletes competing in the games) live. Five solid colors appear in the logo from left to right: blue, yellow, black, green, and red.Full Answer >