sport of throwing a weight for distance or height. Men have long matched strength and skill at hurling objects. The roth cleas, or wheel feat, reputedly was a major test of the ancient Tailteann Games in Ireland. The competition consisted of various methods of throwing: from shoulder or side, with one or two hands, and with or without a run. The implements used varied widely in weight and conformation. Early in the 20th century, records were listed for throwing weights of 14, 28, 35, and 56 pounds (6.3, 12.7, 15.9, and 25.4 kg) for both distance and height. Weight throwing is distinct from the shot put and the discus throw and from the present-day hammer throw.
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