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The javelin throw was first introduced in the 703 B.C. E. Olympic Games. It was composed of two events: throwing at a target and throwing for distance. The same principles that are used today while throwing for distance where used then. However, in the target throw, they threw while riding a horse.

The first javelins were made of olive wood, weighted at 400 grams, and between 2.3 and 2.4 meters in length. In 1780, the javelin was redesigned. Its length was changed from 2.3 to 2.6 meters and the weight was changed from 400 to 800 grams. The type of wood used in making javelins was changed to hickory. Since this change, there have been several other redesigns to both the men's and women's javelins.

In 1953, Franklin Held invented the hollow javelin. This design increased the surface area of the javelin by 27% making its flight much longer. However, this made the javelin land horizontally, making the job of the spotters much more difficult.

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