Hammer Throw in History

Events in Sport

  • 1936-08-03 Karl Hein (56.49 Olympic record) and Erwin Blask make it a German 1-2 in the hammer throw at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1988-09-26 Soviet throwers sweep the medals in the hammer throw at the Seoul Olympics; Sergey Litvinov wins gold with an Olympic record 84.80m ahead of team mates Yuriy Sedykh & Jüri Tamm
  • 2004-08-25 Olga Kuzenkova of Russia throws an Olympic record 75.02m to edge the field and win the women's hammer throw gold medal at the Athens Games
  • 2016-08-15 Anita Włodarczyk of Poland sets a world record 82.29m to win the women's hammer throw gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Zhang Wenxiu (China) silver, and Sophie Hitchon (Great Britain) bronze.
  • 2016-08-19 Tajikistan's Dilshod Nazarov throws 78.68m to win the men's hammer throw gold medal the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first gold medal for Tajikistan in Olympic history

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1917-09-23 Imry Nemeth, Hungarian hammer thrower (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1934-08-02 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, born in Manchester, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire (d. 2008)
  • 1955-06-11 Yuriy Sedykh, Soviet hammer thrower (Olympic Gold 1976, 80), born in Novocherkassk, Rostov Oblast, Russia
  • 1961-08-21 Lance Earl Deal, American hammer thrower (Olympic silver 1996), born in Riverton, Wyoming
  • 1967-11-29 Sean Carlin, Australian hammer thrower (Olympics-8-1992, 96), born in Adelaide, Australia
  • 1973-06-18 Alexandros Papadimitriou, Greek hammer thrower
  • 1974-10-08 Koji Murofushi, Japanese hammer thrower (Olympic gold 2004), born in Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
  • 1976-07-01 Szymon Ziółkowski, Polish hammer thrower (Olympic gold 2000), born in Poznań, Poland

Deaths in Sport

  • 2008-10-09 Albert Hall, American hammer throw athlete, dies at 74
  • 2010-08-18 Hal Connolly, American Athlete and hammer thrower (b.1931)