Saturday, 1 August 2009

Inverness Highland Games - 12

Contrary to general belief, athletes do not aim to throw the caber further than their opponents; they have three throws to try to toss or throw it 'straighter' than their opponents.

A 'twelve o'clock throw' is a perfect throw. Just imagine the caber as the hour hand of a clock with the thick end of the caber starting in the 12 o'clock position with the competitor tossing from the 6 o'clock position. If the thick end of the caber lands in the 6 o'clock position and stands proudly in a straight line with the thin end pointing towards heaven, that's a perfect throw!

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