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Men throwing marlinspike. About 1800

Svaika (Russian: Свайка, marlinspike) was a favorite throwing game of Russian lower-class men up to 20th century. It is a game in which a marlinspike-like spear is thrown to land in the middle of a metal ring lying on the ground some distance away.[1] A tool for the game can weight up to 5 lbs.[2] By one version Tsarevich Dmitry died from a stab wound while he was playing this game.


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Svaika game
Making a spear for the game