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04-25-2003, 05:35 AM
A colleague asked if I would post the following question. You may reply to
me or to him directly at Mknight@gw.hamline.edu

"I know little about the javelin throw other than that which is found in
most biomechanics texts. I've been told that men used to throw the javelin
into the wind, until the center of gravity was moved forward, and that
women still do throw into the wind. This seems counter-intuitive to me,
despite the benefits that might be gained from increased lift-forces
(sailing), understanding that drag would also increase. Could someone
provide a definitive explanation?"

As always thanks to list members for any help.

Dave Luedtke
College of St. Catherine

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