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aklys (Latin aclys, Greek agkulis) was a Roman javelin measuring
approximately 2 m. (79 in., 6.6 ft) in length, thrown with the aid
of a leather strap or amentum. Every soldier was issued at least
two.The term also applies to a small mace or club equipped with
spikes, attached to one arm of the wielder by a strap of adjustable
length to enable the weapon to be retrieved after it had been
hurled at an enemy. Its use probably goes back to the Osci tribe of
southern Italy.The weapon is also described as a dart and as a
throwing stick or boomerang.The javelin throw is a track and field
athletics throwing event where the object to be thrown is the
javelin, a spear approximately 2.5 metres in length. Javelin is an
event of both the men's decathlon and the women's heptathlon. The
javelin thrower gains momentum by running within a predetermined
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