Hammer Throw for women has been the part of the
Olympics since the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. Although a relatively
new event in the Olympics, it is quite popular among the games.
Rules and Regulations
Authority of framing rules and regulations for the hammer throw
event lies with the International Association of Athletics
Federations or the IAAF.
- During the hammer throw, body movements of the athletes are
governed by the IAAF rules and regulations.
- Hammer throwers are not allowed to leave the throwing region
till the hammer thrown touches the land. Every athlete has to
attain the judge's consent before leaving the field.
- For women athletes, weight of the hammer has been set to four
kilograms. The diameter of the hammer ball is also determined by
- Every athlete gets enough opportunities to throw the hammer.
For determining the winner of the event, the best throws of the
athletes are recorded.
- If two athletes have tied, the second best throw is
Technique of Hammer Throw
The athletes spin the hammer above their head to put in circular
motion. Then, for adding the optimum velocity to the hammer, they
take one to four turns in the circle. Velocity of the hammer
enhances with each circle. The athlete throws the ball now with the
motive of pushing it to the maximum distance. The distance the
hammer covers depends on the speed of the ball and the angle of
The ball is made of steel. It is attached to a handle, technically
called grip, with a wire.
Athletes who have done well in the Olympics in the domain of hammer
throw are Yipsi Moreno, Yunaika Crawford, Tatyana Lysenko, Kirsten
Klose, Olga Kuzenkova, and Kamila Skolimowska.
As the event's entry into the Olympics has been late, no single
country is a dominating force.