While the weight throw was competed in track and field in the Olympics in 1904 and 1920, the sport has since been removed from the programme. It has begun to resurface in other competitions and its popularity is relatively new. It has a similar style to the shot put or the hammer throw, but with a unique weight and throwing approach. It is increasing in popularity but is not accepted as an official event worldwide. It is most commonly seen in North American competitions and can be competed at high school, collegiate, and professional levels.
The weight throw occurs within a throwing circle similar to the hammer throw. Athletes wear a throwing glove on their non-dominant hand, as it is the hand that holds the handle of the weight. After a few swings of the weight and one rotation of the weight above their head, the athlete will take on a spinning position. They will spin around with the weight swinging above their head to gain momentum before eventually releasing the weight forward. This event must be competed in a cage or a closed off area in case the weight is released in the wrong direction.
Throwers must remain in the circle during their approach and release for their throw to qualify. Whoever throws their weight the farthest is the winner. Men's competitions use a 35-pound weight, and women's use a 20-pound weight. The weights can vary depending on age groups, and in competition, the event is divided by these age groups as well to ensure fairness.