The club throw is an athletic throwing event where the object is to throw a wooden club. The event is one of the four throwing events, along with discus, javelin and shot put of the Summer Paralympics. It is the Paralympic equivalent of the hammer throw. The club throw was introduced for both men and women at the first Summer Paralympic Games in 1960. It was dropped from the women's programme from the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona but was reinstated for London 2012.
Like other throwing events, the competition is decided by who can throw the club the farthest, though when the event is contested by athletes of different disability classifications, such as the Paralympics, the result is decided by a points score. The club for men and women weighs a minimum of 397 grams (14.0 oz) and is normally made from wood with a metal base. The athlete sits in a frame in a throwing area which is within a marked circle between 2.135 and 2.50 metres (7 ft 0 in and 8 ft 2 in) in diameter. The frame is common for each competitor and is rigid. The sport is contested at the Paralympics by athletes in the F31, F32 and F51 classes.
As of 2012[update] the world record for the men's club in the 32 class is held by Mourad Idoudi, who threw 35.77 metres (117 ft 4 in) at the Summer Paralympics in Beijing, China on 15 September 2008. The men's record in the 51 class is held by Radim Běleš, who recorded a distance of 26.00 metres (85 ft 4 in) at Nové Město in the Czech Republic on 19 August 2000.
As of 2012[update] the world record for the women's club in the 32 class is held by Kyoko Sato, who threw 21.39 metres (70 ft 2 in) in Busan, South Korea on 30 October 2002. The women's record in the 51 class is held by Catherine O'Neill, who recorded a distance of 15.83 metres (51 ft 11 in) at Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic on 18 August 2000.
|1984||New York, United States||1A||Bart Dodson (USA)||1A||23.54||Franicsco de las Fuentes (MEX)||1A||21.44||S. Wilkins (USA)||1A||21.12|
|1988||Seoul, South Korea||1A||Edund Weber (FRG)||1A||23.44||Jose Danile Haylan (ARG)||1A||18.28||Paolo D'Agostini (ITA)||1A||17.50|
|1992||Barcelona, Spain||C6||Dae Kwan Kim (KOR)||C6||51.58 WR||Keith Gardner (GBR)||C6||43.78||S. Da Costa Neto (BRA)||C6||43.50|
|1996||Atlanta, United States||F50||Stephen Miller (GBR)||F50||25.84 WR||James Richardson (GBR)||F50||22.75||Aaron Little (USA)||F50||20.65|
|2000||Sydney, Australia||F51||Stephen Miller (GBR)||F51||27.74||Takefumi Anryo (JPN)||F51||26.88||Ahmed Kamal (BRN)||F51||26.08|
|2004||Athens, Greece||F32/F51||Stephen Miller (GBR)||F32||33.53
|Radim Beles (CZE)||F51||25.44
|Karim Betina (ALG)||F32||29.17
|2008||Beijing, China||F32/F51||Mourad Idoudi (TUN)||F32||35.77
|Stephen Miller (GBR)||F32||34.37
|Jan Vanek (CZE)||F51||25.29
|2012||London, Great Britain||F51||Zeljko Dimitrijevic (SRB)||F51||26.88
|Radim Běleš (CZE)||F51||26.67
|Lahouari Bahlaz (ALG)||F32||36.31
|Games||Location||Open to||Gold||Class||Distance (points)||Silver||Class||Distance (points)||Bronze||Class||Distance (points)|
|1960||Rome, Italy||A||Maria Scutti (ITA)||A||19.10||Anna Maria Galimberti (ITA)||A||17.82||Manette Berger-Waldenegg (AUT)||A||17.32|
|1960||Rome, Italy||B||Maria Scutti (ITA)||B||20.07||Marlene Muhlendyck (FRG)||B||19.42||Anna Maria Galimberti (ITA)||B||19.11|
|1960||Rome, Italy||C||Zander (FRG)||C||26.62||Daphne Ceeney (AUS)||C||21.11||Maria Scutti (ITA)||C||20.21|