Hammer throwing in the Olympics

Meant to ask this question yesterday - I watched some of the women’s hammer throwing - during which there were quite a high proportion of failed throws that hit or clipped the left side of the safety net enclosure.

Thing is, the gap through which the hammer must be thrown had clearly been narrowed - the left side (which people kept hitting) protruded beyond the marked boundary line by at least a couple of feet.

Is this normal? Do not those painted lines demarcate the area in which a throw is considered valid or not?

Does it look something similar to this? Kind of difficult to see, but you can see the two lines I think you’re talking about radiating from the center of the circle.

Reason I ask, is that I threw the shotput in high school, and IIRC, those sector lines marked “fair” and “foul balls” [sub]I know, I know. . . but it makes sense to the lay person[/sub].

Tripler
Yeah, the hammer throw was a little “too dangerous” for high school kids. Ask anyone who’s caught a javelin. :rolleyes:

They are movable gates, and they definitely swing inside the “sector” where the throws have to land. They arrange the gates differently for left- or right-handers. My guess is that they’re worried about someone hooking a throw, so it goes through the opening and then curves away and hits some bystander. If that means you can’t technically throw one straight down the line, oh well.

Diagrams: http://sportsbuilders.org/news.php?artID=387&from[]=67&from[]=805&

More safety info: http://www.actathletics.org.au/safety.html