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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Men's Hammer Throw

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: All those reaching 54.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: November 24, 1956
Date Finished: November 24, 1956
(Competitors: 22; Countries: 14; Finalists: 15)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF  1956_melbournestadium.jpg
Krivonosov, an athletic (1.89/90Kg) Belarussian had broken the world record with 63.34 in winning the 1954 European title, and made six improvements to 67.32 in October 1956. Connolly then threw 68.54 three weeks before the Melbourne final. Their dominance was dented briefly by Clifford Blair, who threw an unratified 65.95, before curiously being ejected from the US team by the US Olympic committee for persistently refusing to stop writing newspaper articles! The Olympic record survived the qualifying round, led by Samotsvetov (59.53). However, it fell quickly to the Russian’s 62.10 in the opening round of the final. Hall broke into a Soviet top three in the next round with 61.83, as Krivonosov took over the lead with 63.00. Connolly – whose left arm was four inches shorter than his right – produced a foul of over 65m in the first round, moved into third in round 3 with 62.65 and then took over the lead with his fifth-round 63.19. Samotsvetov edged Hall 62.56 to 61.96 in the final round. Connolly won both the gold and a wife. He married Czech discus winner Olga Fikotová early in 1957, after meeting her in Melbourne.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The favorite was Soviet Mikhail Krivonosov, the 1954 European Champion, who had broken the world record seven times since 1954. His biggest challenger was American Hal Connolly, who bettered Krivonosov and was the world record holder as the Melbourne Olympics began. In the final, eventual bronze medalist Anatoly Samotsvetov (URS) led after round one with 62.10 (203-9) with Krivonosov second with 60.59 (198-9½), as Connolly fouled. Krivonosov took the lead in round two with 63.00 (206-8½), while Connolly’s 60.92 (199-10½) put him in third place, trailing his teammate Al Hall. Krivonosov improved slightly in the third round with 63.03 (206-9½) while Connolly moved into second with 62.65 (205-6½). Krivonosov would do no better, fouling his final three throws. In round five, Connolly secured the gold medal with 63.19 (207-3¾). Connolly also generated headlines in Melbourne by his romance with Czechoslovakian discus throw gold medalist Olga Fikotová. They fell in love and married in Praha a few months after the Olympics, overcoming what Connolly once described as “mountains of red tape.” The best man at the ceremony was Czech distance running legend Emil Zátopek.
The third American, Cliff Blair, had set a short-lived American record of 65.95 in July, and likely would have challenged for a medal. It bettered Krivonosov's world record, but was never recognized as a world record, for unknown reasons. Blair never made got to compete at the Olympics. He was helping Boston Globe sportswriter Jerry Nason with columns from Melbourne, and was thrown off the US team for violating amateur rules by serving as a sportswriter, although Nason stood up for him, insisting that he was writing the columns, and Blair was only speaking through him.
 
 
Results
 
Hammer Throw Men Final 24 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records
1 63.19 Hal Connolly United States USA 25 OR
2 63.03 Mikhail Krivonosov Soviet Union URS 27 OR
3 62.56 Anatoly Samotsvetov Soviet Union URS 23
4 61.96 Al Hall United States USA 22
5 60.70 József Csermák Hungary HUN 24
6 60.36 Krešo Račić Yugoslavia YUG 24
7 60.22 Dmytro Yegorov Soviet Union URS 25
8 59.21 Sverre Strandli Norway NOR 31
9 58.00 Peter Allday Great Britain GBR 29
10 57.70 Alfons Niklas Poland POL 27
11 56.97 Muhammad Iqbal Pakistan PAK 29
12 56.72 Don Anthony Great Britain GBR 28
13 55.02 Guy Husson France FRA 25
14 53.43 Tadeusz Rut Poland POL 25
AC NM Birger Asplund Sweden SWE 27
Hammer Throw Men Qualifying Round 24 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records
1 59.53 Q Anatoly Samotsvetov Soviet Union URS 23
2 59.06 Q Krešo Račić Yugoslavia YUG 24
3 59.05 Q Hal Connolly United States USA 25
4 58.46 Q Alfons Niklas Poland POL 27
5 58.07 Q Tadeusz Rut Poland POL 25
6 57.95 Q József Csermák Hungary HUN 24
7 57.50 Q Al Hall United States USA 22
8 57.03 Q Dmytro Yegorov Soviet Union URS 25
9 56.32 Q Sverre Strandli Norway NOR 31
10 55.03 Q Birger Asplund Sweden SWE 27
11T 54.98 Q Peter Allday Great Britain GBR 29
11T 54.98 Q Guy Husson France FRA 25
13 54.89 Q Don Anthony Great Britain GBR 28
14 54.59 Q Muhammad Iqbal Pakistan PAK 29
15 54.53 Q Mikhail Krivonosov Soviet Union URS 27
16 53.74 Song Gyo-Sik South Korea KOR
17 53.48 Yoshio Kojima Japan JPN 25
18 52.23 Alejandro Díaz Chile CHI 36
19 49.35 Charlie Morris Australia AUS 30
20 48.84 Neville Gadsden Australia AUS 37
21 48.43 Martin Crowe Australia AUS 33
22 44.70 Fumio Kamamoto Japan JPN 38

 Detailed View

 
Final 14:30 Team Dist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1. Harold Connolly USA 63.19m X 60.92 62.65 61.76 63.19 X
2. Mikhail Krivonosov URS 63.03m 60.59 63.00 63.03 X X X
3. Anatoly Samotsvetov URS 62.56m 62.10 58.13 61.94 60.22 59.20 62.56
4. Al Hall USA 61.96m 57.76 61.83 X 61.58 X 61.96
5. Jozsef Csermmk HUN 60.70m 58.27 58.43 60.70 X 59.10 X
6. Kresimir Racic YUG 60.36m 57.99 60.36 X X 58.07 55.09
7. Dmitry Yegorov URS 60.22m 60.22 X X  
8. Sverre Strandli NOR 59.21m 58.62 58.49 59.21  
9. Peter Allday GBR 58.00m 57.78 57.06 58.00  
10.Alfons Niklas POL 57.70m 57.70 X X  
11.Muhammad Iqbal PAK 56.97m 56.45 55.24 56.97  
12.Don Anthony GBR 56.72m X 55.22 56.72  
13.Guy Husson FRA 55.02m X X 55.02  
14.Tadeusz Rut POL 53.43m X X 53.43  
_. Birger Asplund SWE NM X X X  
Qualification Round - Saturday 24.11 - mark 54.00m - 14 Athletes
Group Team Dist. 1. 2. 3.
1. Anatoly Samotsvetov URS 59.53m 59.53 - -
2. Kresimir Racic YUG 59.06m 59.06 - -
3. Haarold Connolly USA 59.05m 59.05 - -
4. Alfons Niklas POL 58.46m 52.11 58.46 -
5. Tadeusz Rut POL 58.07m 58.07 - -
6. Jozsef Csermmk HUN 57.95m 57.95 - -
7. Al Hall USA 57.50m 57.50 - -
8. Dmitry Yegorov URS 57.03m 57.03 - -
9. Sverre Strandli NOR 56.32m 56.32 - -
10.Birger Asplund SWE 55.03m 55.03 - -
11.Peter Allday GBR 54.98m 54.98 - -
11.Guy Husson FRA 54.98m 54.98 - -
13.Don Anthony GBR 54.89m 53.10 54.89 -
14.Muhammad Iqbal PAK 54.59m 54.59 - -
15.Mikhail Krivonosov URS 54.53m 54.53 - -
16.Song Gyo-Sik KOR 53.74m 53.30 X 53.74
17.Yoshio Kojima JPN 53.48m 50.67 53.48 52.16
18.Alejandro Diaz CHI 52.23m X 52.23 51.33
19.Charles Morris AUS 49.35m X 49.35 X
20.Neville Gadsden AUS 48.84m X X 48.84
21.Martin Crowe AUS 48.43m 45.76 48.25 48.43
22.Fumio Kamamoto JPN 44.70m 40.72 X 44.70
 

 

 

 

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