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Hammer Throw

The Scottish hammers weigh 22 lb. and 16 lb. They were used for pounding in fence posts. While the men were working in the fields, they would often challenge each other to see who could throw the hammer the farthest. The hammer has a spherical metal ball fastened to a rattened wooden handle measuring a total of 50 inches. The implement is swung around the shoulders as fast as possible with feet firmly planted on the ground. This event is also measured for horizontal distance.