Olympics
List of all Olympics Men's Hammer Throw winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Men's Hammer Throw

Hammer Throw for men has been the part of the Olympics since the 1900 Paris Summer Games. In this event, the athletes have to throw a heavy ball fixed to a handle with a wire.

Rules and Regulations
The onus of setting up the rules and regulations for the hammer throw event in the Olympics lies with the International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF.
  • The weight of the steel ball used in the hammer throw is set by the IAAF to 7.257 kilograms.
  • During and after the throw, body movement of the athletes is regularized by the IAAF.
  • Athletes are barred from leaving the throw area until the hammer thrown by her touches the landing point. They can exit only with the consent of the judge.
  • The IAAF also determines the material and the length of the wire with which the ball is attached to the handle.
  • The athletes are given several chances to throw the hammer. For determining the top three athletes, the longest throws of them are picked up.
  • To take a conclusion off a tie, the second best throw is evaluated.
Hammer Throw Technique
Initially, the athletes set the hammer in the circular motion by spinning it above their head. Then take one to four turns in the circle to put maximum speed in the hammer. With each circle, the hammer increases in velocity with the high point of the ball toward the sector and the low point at the back of the circle. Then the athlete throws the ball trying to push it to the maximum distance. The angle of release and the speed of the ball play significant role in carrying the ball furthest.

Dominating Countries
The United States of America and Russia have been the dominating countries at hammer throw event in the Olympics.

Top Performers
Men athletes who have performed well in the Olympics are Andrey Abduvaliyev, Sergey Litvinov, Juha Tiainen, Yuriy Sedykh, Koji Murofushi, Szymon Ziolkowski, Balazs Kiss, Harold Vincent Connolly, Jozsef Csermak, Imre NemethKarl Hein, Pat O'Callaghan, Fred Tootell, Patrick Ryan, Matt McGrath, Anatoly Bondarchuck, Gyula Zsivotzky, Romuald Klim, and Vasily Rudenkov.

Men's Hammer Throw Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1900 John Flanagan
United States
Truxtun Hare
United States
Josiah McCracken
United States
1904 John Flanagan
United States
John DeWitt
United States
Ralph Rose
United States
1908 John Flanagan
United States
Matt McGrath
United States
Con Walsh
Canada
1912 Matt McGrath
United States
Duncan Gillis
Canada
Clarence Childs
United States
1920 Patrick Ryan
United States
Carl Johan Lind
Sweden
Basil Bennett
United States
1924 Fred Tootell
United States
Matt McGrath
United States
Malcolm Nokes
Great Britain
1928 Pat O'Callaghan
Ireland
Ossian Skiöld
Sweden
Edmund Black
United States
1932 Pat O'Callaghan
Ireland
Ville Pörhölä
Finland
Peter Zaremba
United States
1936 Karl Hein
Germany
Erwin Blask
Germany
Fred Warngård
Sweden
1948 Imre Németh
Hungary
Ivan Gubijan
Yugoslavia
Robert Bennett
United States
1952 József Csermák
Hungary
Karl Storch
Germany
Imre Németh
Hungary
1956 Harold Connolly
United States
Mikhail Krivonosov
Soviet Union
Anatoli Samotsvetov
Soviet Union
1960 Vasili Rudenkov
Soviet Union
Gyula Zsivótzky
Hungary
Tadeusz Rut
Poland
1964 Romuald Klim
Soviet Union
Gyula Zsivótzky
Hungary
Uwe BEYER
United Team Of Germany
1968 Gyula Zsivótzky
Hungary
Romuald KLIM
Soviet Union
Lázár Lovász
Hungary
1972 Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Soviet Union
Jochen Sachse
East Germany
Vasily Khmelevski
Soviet Union
1976 Yuri Sedykh
Soviet Union
Aleksey Spiridonov
Soviet Union
Anatoliy Bondarchuk
Soviet Union
1980 Yuri Sedykh
Soviet Union
Sergei Litvinov
Soviet Union
Jüri Tamm
Soviet Union
1984 Juha Tiainen
Finland
Karl-Hans Riehm
West Germany
Klaus Ploghaus
West Germany
1988 Sergey Litvinov
Soviet Union
Yuri Sedykh
Soviet Union
Jüri Tamm
Soviet Union
1992 Andrey ABDUVALIEV
Unified Team
Igor ASTAPKOVICH
Unified Team
Igor NIKULIN
Unified Team
1996 Balázs Kiss
Hungary
Lance Deal
United States
Oleksandr Krykun
Ukraine
2000 Szymon Ziólkowski
Poland
Nicola Vizzoni
Italy
Igor Astapkovich
Belarus
2004 Koji Murofushi
Japan

Esref Apak
Turkey
2008 Primož Kozmus
Slovenia
Vadim Devyatovskiy
Belarus
Ivan Tsikhan
Belarus
2012 Krisztián Pars
Hungary
Primož Kozmus
Slovenia
Koji Murofushi
Japan
2016 Dilshod Nazarov
Tajikistan
Ivan Tsikhan
Belarus
Wojciech Nowicki
Poland