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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's Hammer Throw

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 72.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 5, 1984  
Date Finished: August 6, 1984  
(Competitors: 23; Countries: 13; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF   1984_olympic_stadium.jpg 
The top three of those eligible were Tiainen, Riehm, and Ploghaus, so it was no surprise to see the final result, with Tiainen and Riehm producing their best on successive throws in the third round. The first Italian to place fourth originally was Giampaolo Urlando with 75.96, but he was disqualified after he tested positive for testosterone. Tiainen said of his victory “I’m glad for the gold, but it wasn’t the same without them.” “Them” were the Soviet bloc throwers, particularly Sedykh, Litvinov, Tamm and Litvinov. Between them these four had 16 marks beyond the best of Tiainen in 1984. Sedykh headed the list, breaking the world record by more than 2m, and exceeding 82m 31 times in seven competitions.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
Along with the 1980 400 metre hurdles, this would be one of the most devalued Olympic competitions ever. The Soviet boycott kept out the top throwers in the world, notably Yuriy Siedykh, two-time gold medalist, twice European champion, and the world record holder. In their absence the best throwers were Finland's Juha Tiainen and West Germany's Karl-Hans Riehm. They both got their best throws in round three, with Tianien winning by 10 centimetres. The original fourth-placer was Gian Paolo Urlando (ITA) but he was disqualified for testosterone use.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics
World Record  Yuriy Sedykh (URS) 86.34 m July 3, 1984 Republic of Ireland Cork, Ireland
Olympic Record  Yuriy Sedykh (URS) 81.80 m July 31, 1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union
Season Best  Yuriy Sedykh (URS) 86.34 m July 3, 1984 Republic of Ireland Cork, Ireland
 
        Results        
 
Hammer Throw Men     Final 6 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 78.08     Juha Tiainen Finland FIN 5 Dec 55  
2 77.98     Karl-Hans Riehm West Germany FRG 31 May 51  
3 76.68     Klaus Ploghaus West Germany FRG 31 Jan 56  
4 75.94     Orlando Bianchini Italy ITA 4 Jun 55  
5 75.60     Bill Green United States USA 28 Apr 60  
6 75.28     Harri Huhtala Finland FIN 13 Aug 52  
7 73.46     Walter Ciofani France FRA 17 Feb 62  
8 72.62     Robert Weir Great Britain GBR 4 Feb 61  
9 72.32     Martin Girvan Great Britain GBR 17 Apr 60  
  NM     Matt Mileham Great Britain GBR 27 Dec 56  
  NM     Christoph Sahner West Germany FRG 23 Sep 63  
  DQ     Gianpaolo Urlando        
Hammer Throw Men     Qualification 5 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 75.50     Karl-Hans Riehm West Germany FRG 31 May 51  
2 74.68     Klaus Ploghaus West Germany FRG 31 Jan 56  
3 74.02     Orlando Bianchini Italy ITA 4 Jun 55  
4 73.88     Christoph Sahner West Germany FRG 23 Sep 63  
5 73.78     Harri Huhtala Finland FIN 13 Aug 52  
6 73.10     Walter Ciofani France FRA 17 Feb 62  
7 73.04     Robert Weir Great Britain GBR 4 Feb 61  
8 72.68     Juha Tiainen Finland FIN 5 Dec 55  
9 72.66     Martin Girvan Great Britain GBR 17 Apr 60  
10 72.42     Gianpaolo Urlando Italy ITA 7 Jan 45  
11 71.80     Matt Mileham Great Britain GBR 27 Dec 56  
12 71.38     Bill Green United States USA 28 Apr 60  
13 71.28     Johann Lindner Austria AUT 3 May 56  
14 71.18     Jud Logan United States USA 19 Jul 59  
15 70.92     Shigenobu Murofushi Japan JPN 2 Oct 45  
16 70.64     Lucio Serrani Italy ITA 11 Mar 61  
17 70.56     Declan Hegarty Ireland IRL 12 Oct 60  
18 67.68     Hakim Toumi Algeria ALG 30 Jan 61  
19 67.52     Ed Burke United States USA 4 Mar 40  
20 66.38     Raul Jimeno Spain ESP 18 May 59  
21 65.72     Tore Johnsen Norway NOR 5 May 61  
22 65.56     Conor McCullough Ireland IRL 22 Mar 61  
  NM     Dominique Bechard Mauritius MRI 21 Oct 63  
 
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Qualification

Group A

Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3
1 2  Klaus Ploghaus (FRG) 74.68 74.68 m  
2 4  Christoph Sahner (FRG) 73.88 73.88 m  
3 8  Juha Tiainen (FIN) 70.86 72.68 72.68 m  
4  Giampaolo Urlando (ITA) 72.42 72.42 m  
5 9  Matthew Mileham (GBR) 71.80 X X 71.80 m  
6 10  Bill Green (USA) 71.38 70.96 70.80 71.38 m  
7 12  Johann Lindner (AUT) 70.44 71.28 X 71.28 m  
8 13  Jud Logan (USA) 71.14 X 71.18 71.18 m  
9 16  Declan Hegarty (IRL) X 70.56 X 70.56 m  
10 19  Raúl Jimeno (ESP) 66.38 65.92 65.86 66.38 m  
11 21  Conor McCullough (IRL) 62.12 65.56 65.12 65.56 m  

Group B

Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3
1 1  Karl-Hans Riehm (FRG) 75.50 75.50 m  
2 3  Orlando Bianchini (ITA) 74.02 74.02 m  
3 5  Harri Huhtala (FIN) 73.78 73.78 m  
4 6  Walter Ciofani (FRA) 68.80 73.10 73.10 m  
5 7  Robert Weir (GBR) 71.34 71.30 73.04 73.04 m  
6 8  Martin Girvan (GBR) 72.66 72.66 m  
7 14  Shigenobu Murofushi (JPN) 70.92 70.24 70.74 70.92 m  
8 15  Lucio Serrani (ITA) 69.72 70.64 69.64 70.64 m  
9 17  Hakim Toumi (ALG) 67.68 X 65.84 67.68 m  
10 18  Ed Burke (USA) X 67.52 X 67.52 m  
11 20  Tore Johnsen (NOR) 65.16 63.24 65.72 65.72 m  
 Dominique Bechard (MRI) X X X NM  

Final

Rank Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st  Juha Tiainen (FIN) 70.56 72.64 78.08 74.54 75.26 75.82 78.08 m  
2nd  Karl-Hans Riehm (FRG) 73.68 74.70 77.98 X 76.46 X 77.98 m  
3rd  Klaus Ploghaus (FRG) 75.48 75.96 72.16 75.18 X 76.68 76.68 m  
4  Orlando Bianchini (ITA) 72.18 72.12 74.40 73.42 75.94 73.78 75.94 m  
5  Bill Green (USA) X 72.68 74.76 67.70 75.60 72.12 75.60 m  
6  Harri Huhtala (FIN) 74.34 74.44 73.86 74.72 73.10 75.28 75.28 m  
7  Walter Ciofani (FRA) X 71.86 73.46 X 71.20 68.86 73.46 m  
 
8  Robert Weir (GBR) 71.16 X 72.62   72.62 m  
9  Martin Girvan (GBR) X 72.32 68.00   72.32 m  
 Christoph Sahner (FRG) X X X   NM  
 Matthew Mileham (GBR) X X X   NM  
 Giampaolo Urlando (ITA) 70.26 74.82 X 73.14 75.96 75.64 DSQ  
  • Giampaolo Urlando finished fourth at 75.96 metres but the Italian athlete was subsequently disqualified as his doping tests proved positive.
 
 
 

 

 

 

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