THE JAVELIN & THE 100-METER BACKSTROKE: COMBAT WITH SPEARS

THE JAVELIN

When Kathy Schmidt's parents first recognized their young daughter's exceptional athletic ability, they nurtured visions of raising a smashing tennis player or a power-hitting golfer. But always one to play her own game, Schmidt picked up a javelin at 13 and has not put it down since. In 1972, when she was 18, she threw 200 ft. 6 in. for an American record, the first of many that she set—and broke. The latest (218 ft. 3 in.) came last month at the A.A.U. championships in Los Angeles, where she outthrew her closest competitor by nearly 15 ft. The U.S. Olympic...

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