56 lb. Weight for Distance
During the eleventh century, recreation centered around activities at the blacksmith shop. The 28 lb. and 56 weights were implements found there. The 28 lb. wt. was used to tie up a horse and the 56 lb. was used to keep a team of horses from wandering. These weights are metal with a chain and ring handle. The total weight is 28 lb. and 56 lb. with the overall length of each implement being 18 inches. The athlete has a 9' run up and must throw the weight with one hand. The object is to throw the weight horizontally for an optimal distance.