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1976 Olympic Games Montreal - Men's Hammer Throw

 

 

Host City: Montréal, Canada Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 69.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 26, 1976  
Date Finished: July 28, 1976  
(Competitors: 20; Countries: 13; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Overview by IAAF    1976_olympic_stadium.jpg
There were six prospective medal winners – all with bests further than 76m – making this a very open event. Sedykh and Riehm were considered the best candidates. Riehm led the qualifying with 74.46, but by the time he had thrown 75.00 in the first round of the final, all the medals were settled. Ahead of him in order of throwing were the three Soviets; Bondarchuk (75.48), Sedykh (75.64), and Spiridonov (75.74). In the next round the 21 year-old Sedykh exhibited enormous power and speed to reach 77.52. Spiridonov responded well, with three throws over 75m, but Sedykh was never in danger of being beaten. Bondarchuk provided the most exciting moment of the event when his hammer flew high and wide off to the left, bouncing on the track and fortunately missing officials and the 5000m heat runners.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The two favorites were Soviet Yury Sedykh and German Karl-Hans Riehm, but the other Soviets and German Walter Schmidt were also threats. The Soviets were 1-2-3 in round one, led by Aleksey Spiridonov with 75.74 (248-6), Sedykh second with 75.64 (248-2), and defending gold medalist Anatoly Bondarchuk third with 75.48 (247-7¾). Sedykh threw 77.52 (254-4) in the second round, which would be the winning mark. Nobody could dislodge the Soviet trio, who swept the medals,
 

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Walter Schmidt (FRG) 79.30 m Frankfurt, West Germany 14 August 1975
Olympic record  Anatoliy Bondarchuk (URS) 75.50 m Munich, West Germany 7 September 1972
 
        Results        
 
Hammer Throw Men     Final 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 77.52     Yuriy Sedykh Soviet Union URS 11 Jun 55  
2 76.08     Aleksey Spiridonov Soviet Union URS 20 Nov 51  
3 75.48     Anatoliy Bondarchuk Soviet Union URS 31 May 40  
4 75.46     Karl-Hans Riehm West Germany FRG 31 May 51  
5 74.72     Walter Schmidt West Germany FRG 7 Aug 48  
6 74.30     Jochen Sachse East Germany GDR 2 Oct 48  
7 73.18     Chris Black Great Britain GBR 1 Jan 50  
8 71.34     Edwin Klein West Germany FRG 19 Jun 48  
9 70.44     Jacques Accambray France FRA 23 May 50  
10 70.02     Manfred Seidel Germany GER 25 Aug 49  
11 68.88     Shigenobu Murofushi Japan JPN 2 Oct 45  
12 68.00     Peter Farmer United States USA 25 Jun 52  
Hammer Throw Men     Qualification 26 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 74.46     Karl-Hans Riehm West Germany FRG 31 May 51  
2 71.46     Yuriy Sedykh Soviet Union URS 11 Jun 55  
3 71.08     Anatoliy Bondarchuk Soviet Union URS 31 May 40  
4 70.84     Manfred Seidel Germany GER 25 Aug 49  
5 70.76     Chris Black Great Britain GBR 1 Jan 50  
5 70.76     Walter Schmidt West Germany FRG 7 Aug 48  
7 70.72     Jacques Accambray France FRA 23 May 50  
8 70.64     Aleksey Spiridonov Soviet Union URS 20 Nov 51  
9 70.64     Jochen Sachse East Germany GDR 2 Oct 48  
10 69.92     Peter Farmer United States USA 25 Jun 52  
11 68.84     Shigenobu Murofushi Japan JPN 2 Oct 45  
12 68.72     Edwin Klein West Germany FRG 19 Jun 48  
13 68.54     Gianpaolo Urlando Italy ITA 7 Jan 45  
14 68.52     Paul Dickenson Great Britain GBR 4 Dec 49  
15 67.74     Lawrence Hart United States USA 17 Sep 46  
16 67.38     Murray Cheater New Zealand NZL 47  
17 66.56     Edoardo Podberscek Italy ITA 2 May 49  
18 66.14     Peter Sternad Austria AUT 8 Feb 46  
19 65.68     Murray Keating Canada CAN 28 May 52  
20 65.50     Kleanthis Ierisiotis Greece GRE 14 Mar 53  
 
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Qualifying round

Qual. rule: qualification standard 69.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Karl-Hans Riehm West Germany 74.46 74.46 Q
2 A Yuriy Sedykh Soviet Union 71.46 71.46 Q
3 A Anatoliy Bondarchuk Soviet Union 71.08 71.08 Q
4 A Manfred Seidel East Germany 70.84 70.84 Q
5 A Walter Schmidt West Germany 70.76 70.76 Q
5 B Chris Black Great Britain 70.76 70.76 Q
7 B Jacques Accambray France 70.72 70.72 Q
8 A Aleksey Spiridonov Soviet Union 70.64 70.64 Q
8 A Jochen Sachse East Germany X 70.64 70.64 Q
10 A Peter Farmer Australia 67.50 68.94 69.92 69.92 Q
11 B Shigenobu Murofushi Japan 66.22 68.84 68.24 68.84 q
12 A Edwin Klein West Germany 68.68 68.36 68.72 68.72 q
13 B Giampaolo Urlando Italy X 66.18 68.54 68.54  
14 A Paul Dickenson Great Britain 67.52 X 68.52 68.52  
15 B Larry Hart United States 67.74 65.74 X 67.74  
16 B Murray Cheater New Zealand 66.30 67.38 X 67.38  
17 B Edoardo Podberschek Italy 66.56 66.28 X 66.56  
18 B Peter Sternad Austria 65.80 66.08 66.14 66.14  
19 B Murray Keating Canada 65.00 65.28 65.68 65.68  
20 B Kleanthis Ierissiotis Greece 65.50 X X 65.50  
 

Final

Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st Yuriy Sedykh Soviet Union 75.64 77.52 X X 75.58 76.40 77.52 OR
2nd Aleksey Spiridonov Soviet Union 75.74 73.94 75.28 75.60 X 76.08 76.08  
3rd Anatoliy Bondarchuk Soviet Union 75.48 X 74.64 74.16 X 75.46 75.48  
4 Karl-Hans Riehm West Germany 75.00 73.08 X 75.46 75.42 74.62 75.46  
5 Walter Schmidt West Germany 72.58 74.72 74.36 73.52 74.72 72.42 74.72  
6 Jochen Sachse East Germany 71.90 72.84 72.80 73.14 74.30 73.70 74.30  
7 Chris Black Great Britain 70.56 72.38 73.18 X 69.54 X 73.18  
8 Edwin Klein West Germany 68.14 70.52 70.32 70.36 69.76 71.34 71.34  
9 Jacques Accambray France X 67.52 70.44 N/A 70.44  
10 Manfred Seidel East Germany 69.66 X 70.02 N/A 70.02  
11 Shigenobu Murofushi Japan X 68.62 68.88 N/A 68.88  
12 Peter Farmer Australia 67.98 67.92 68.00 N/A 68.00  
 
 

 

 

 

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