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Physics is everywhere in the world of sports It can be found when a boxer punches a guy or when a person is stabbing something The shot put is an event which has many practical applications to physics From the time the thrower begins moving to the time the shot hits the ground physics can be applied The first track and field events began over two thousands years ago in Greece People participated in sprints endurance races shot put and discus Track and Field events were held first in the Olympics in 776 BC They were held again every four years however under the Roman Empire track and field started to die McMane 5 It didnt begin to flourish again until the middle of the eighteenth century In 1896 the Olympics started again in Athens Greece Since then they have been held every four years with few exception The shot put event evolved with the maturing of Olympic Games It advanced from a very basic understanding of the sport to a precise approach to each athletes technique It is important to understand the set of events that should be followed in each throw The shot should be placed over the head balancing the shot on all four fingers The left arm should then be raised above the head Both hands are turned so that the palm of each hand are looking down at each ear In that position the arms are lowered to rest on the shoulder Then both hands are squeezed to the neck The rhythm for shot placement is described as up turn down squeezeNaclerio 117 There are many different styles used in the shot Parry OBrien developed a 180 degree shot rather than the usual 90 and found that the longer he pushed the faster the shot would travel The most descriptive word for the action of the shot putters arm is punch Naclerio 116 The motion of
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