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1900 Olympic Games Paris, France - Men's Hammer Throw



Host City: Paris, France Format: Final only.
Date Started: July 16, 1900  
Date Finished: July 16, 1900  
(Competitors: 5; Countries: 2)  
    Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Overview by IAAF    
Flanagan, who had emigrated from Ireland in 1896, was the only man able to throw beyond 50m, a distance he had achieved four times in 1899. Two versions of the result exist. The first (shown here) is 51.01/46.25/44.50 for the top three, while others quote 49.73/46.13/42.46. The first marks appear in the New York Times, and the Manchester Guardian. The Finnish publication Olympialais-Kisat 1 gives a slightly different mark for Flanagan (50.99), but this was probably converted from 167’ 4” rather than the 167’ 4.5” which equates to 51.01. Reports that the event was held on July 15 probably give rise to the second set of distances, which almost certainly came from a qualifying competition. Such marks were normally included in the final result.
Summary by      
The hammer was thrown from a nine-foot circle. The three Americans, John Flanagan, Truxtun Hare, and Josiah McCracken, completely outclassed their two Swedish rivals. In fact, the unfamiliarity of the Swedes with the event caused some amusement among the spectators, and also a good deal of apprehension. Several times the uncontrolled crowd was seen to scatter as an errant throw headed their way.
For Flanagan, it was the first of three consecutive Olympic titles in the event, a mark only surpassed in athletics by Al Oerter in the discus and Carl Lewis in the long jump. Flanagan was a much titled athlete. He won championships in Britain, the United States, and Ireland in the hammer, and the weight throw, and also placed well in the shot put and the discus at several major competitions. Amazingly for a man of his size (5-10 1.78 metres, 220 lbs. 100 kg.), he finished second in both the high and long jump and the all-around at the 1895 Irish Championships.
Truxtun Hare (this is the correct spelling) was better known in America as a footballer, as he had been named several times to Walter Camp’s All-American teams. The third American, Josiah McCracken, later became a missionary doctor in China, and started one of the first medical schools there.

John Flanagan set the first Olympic record for this event with 51.01 metres.
Hammer Throw Men     Final 16 July        
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 51.01     John Flanagan United States USA 32 OR  
2 46.26     Truxtun Hare United States USA 21    
3 43.58     Josiah McCracken United States USA 26    
4       Eric Lemming Sweden SWE 20    
5       Karl Gustaf Staaf Sweden SWE 19    




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