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On April 1, 1986 the men's javelin was redesigned by the IAAF Technical Committee. They decided to change the construction rules of the javelin because of the increasingly frequent horizontal landings that which caused disagreements when these throws were declared valid or invalid by officials. The world record of 104.80 meters, by Uwe Hohn, was also extremely close to hitting the track at the other side of the stadium. The Javelin was redesigned so that the center of gravity was 4 cm farther away from the center so that the javelin had an increased downward pitching motion when in flight.
This change in the javelin's design brings the nose down earlier and reduces the javelin's flight distance by approximately 10% therefore affecting the world records. Also, it makes the javelin land point first, sticking in the ground, making the distance it traveled easier to measure. I In 1999, the women's javelin was similarly redesigned.

 

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Ethan Wright