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1996 Olympic Games Atlanta - Men's Hammer Throw

 

 

Host City: Atlanta, United States Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 76.50 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: July 27, 1996  
Date Finished: July 28, 1996  
(Competitors: 37; Countries: 22; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Overview by IAAF   1996_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Deal led the qualifiers with 78.56, but after three rounds of the final was in ninth place on 76.94, with Enrico Sgrulletti (ITA) eighth with the same distance. Under the rules (as in the 1968 long jump) a tie in distance after three rounds meant that nine took three more attempts rather than eight, giving Deal a cat-like “ninth” life. The lead was held at that point by Balász Kiss, the 24 year-old US based Hungarian, who started with 79.28 and improved to 80.50 and then 81.24. Behind him was the relatively small (1.86/95Kg) Ukrainian, Skvaruk, with 79.92, his teammate Krykun on 79.44, and big German veteran Heinz Weis (79.30). No-one improved until the last round, when Deal finally connected with a good throw and the hammer sailed out to 81.12. Konovalov, the bespectacled Russian, threw 78.72 to pass Igor Astapkovich (78.20), Weis passed Krykun with 79.78, and Krykun replied with 80.02 to overtake Weis and Skvaruk for the bronze medal.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The break-up of the Soviet Union had changed the picture in this event. Hungary had won gold in this event in 1948, 1952, and 1968 and returned to the top with Balázs Kiss, four-time NCAA Champion while competing for USC, winning with his third-round toss of 81.24 (266-6½). Lance Deal won the first hammer medal by an American since Hal Connolly in 1956. But he just barely did so. After three rounds, he was tied for eighth. On the tie-breaker he was actually ninth, because his second best mark trailed that of Italy's Enrico Sgrulletti. But tie-breakers are not used in choosing the throwers advanced to the final three rounds, so the top nine continued for the final three throws. Deal had his second chance and made the most of it, throwing 81.12 (266-1¾) in the sixth round to win the silver medal.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1996 Summer Olympics
World Record  Yuriy Sedykh (URS) 86.74 m August 30, 1986 West Germany Stuttgart, West Germany
Olympic Record  Sergey Litvinov (URS) 84.80 m September 26, 1988 South Korea Seoul, South Korea
Season Best  Balázs Kiss (HUN) 81.76 m July 10, 1996 France Nice, France
 
        Results        
 
Hammer Throw Men     Final 28 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 81.24     Balázs Kiss Hungary HUN 21 Mar 72  
2 81.12     Lance Deal United States USA 21 Aug 61  
3 80.02     Oleksandr Krykun Ukraine UKR 1 Mar 68  
4 79.92     Andriy Skvaruk Ukraine UKR 9 Mar 67  
5 79.78     Heinz Weis Germany GER 14 Jul 63  
6 78.72     Ilya Konovalov Russia RUS 14 Mar 71  
7 78.20     Igor Astapkovich Belarus BLR 4 Jan 63  
8 77.38     Sergey Alay Belarus BLR 11 Jun 65  
9 76.98     Enrico Sgrulletti Italy ITA 24 Apr 65  
10 76.64     Szymon Ziółkowski Poland POL 1 Jul 76  
11 75.24     Raphaël Piolanti France FRA 14 Nov 67  
12 74.68     Vasiliy Sidorenko Russia RUS 1 May 61  
Hammer Throw Men     Qualification 27 July      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 78.56     Lance Deal United States USA 21 Aug 61  
2 78.52     Igor Astapkovich Belarus BLR 4 Jan 63  
3 78.34     Balázs Kiss Hungary HUN 21 Mar 72  
4 77.84     Heinz Weis Germany GER 14 Jul 63  
5 77.64     Szymon Ziółkowski Poland POL 1 Jul 76  
6 77.48     Andriy Skvaruk Ukraine UKR 9 Mar 67  
7 77.36     Enrico Sgrulletti Italy ITA 24 Apr 65  
8 76.64     Vasiliy Sidorenko Russia RUS 1 May 61  
9 76.44     Raphaël Piolanti France FRA 14 Nov 67  
10 75.78     Oleksandr Krykun Ukraine UKR 1 Mar 68  
11 75.10     Ilya Konovalov Russia RUS 14 Mar 71  
12 75.10     Sergey Alay Belarus BLR 11 Jun 65  
13 74.82     Alberto Sánchez Cuba CUB 3 Feb 73  
14 74.60     Claus Dethloff Germany GER 24 Sep 68  
15 74.48     Vadim Khersontsev Russia RUS 8 Jul 74  
16 74.46     Aléxandros Papadimitríou Greece GRE 18 Jun 73  
17 74.22     Christophe Épalle France FRA 23 Jan 69  
18 74.20     Karsten Kobs Germany GER 16 Sep 71  
19 74.04     Gilles Dupray France FRA 2 Jan 70  
20 73.98     Pavel Sedláček Czech Republic CZE 5 Apr 68  
21 73.74     Aleksandr Krasko Belarus BLR 7 Apr 72  
22 73.68     Zsolt Németh Hungary HUN 9 Nov 71  
23 73.50     Marko Wahlman Finland FIN 6 Apr 69  
24 73.46     Kevin McMahon United States USA 26 May 72  
25 73.32     Sean Carlin Australia AUS 29 Nov 67  
26 73.16     Jüri Tamm Estonia EST 5 Feb 57  
27 72.82     Loris Paoluzzi Italy ITA 14 May 74  
28 72.58     Adrián Annus Hungary HUN 28 Jun 74  
29 72.46     David Popejoy United States USA 15 Feb 72  
30 71.02     Tore Gustafsson Sweden SWE 11 Feb 62  
31 69.40     Jan Bielecki Denmark DEN 20 Feb 71  
32 69.32     David Smith Great Britain GBR 2 Nov 74  
33 68.14     Roman Linscheid Ireland IRL 29 Dec 70  
34 65.60     Agarab Abbas Pakistan PAK 31 Dec 73  
35 65.26     Andrés Charadia Argentina ARG 10 Jul 66  
36 64.52     Vitaliy Khozhatelyov Uzbekistan UZB 12 Aug 67  
  NM     Hrístos Polihroníou Greece GRE 31 Mar 72  
 
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Qualification

Group A

Group B
Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3
1 3  Balázs Kiss (HUN) X 78.34 78.34 m  
2 4  Heinz Weis (GER) 75.16 77.84 77.84 m  
3 5  Szymon Ziółkowski (POL) 77.64 77.64 m  
4 8  Vasiliy Sidorenko (RUS) 76.64 76.64 m  
5 10  Oleksandr Krykun (UKR) 73.82 75.78 75.70 75.78 m  
6 12  Sergey Alay (BLR) 74.94 73.60 75.10 75.10 m  
7 14  Claus Dethloff (GER) 74.60 73.68 72.68 74.60 m  
8 16  Alexandros Papadimitriou (GRE) 74.42 X 74.46 74.46 m  
9 17  Christophe Épalle (FRA) 74.22 73.42 73.98 74.22 m  
10 19  Gilles Dupray (FRA) X 70.92 74.04 74.04 m  
11 20  Pavel Sedláček (CZE) 72.60 73.98 X 73.98 m  
12 24  Kevin McMahon (USA) 73.10 73.46 72.78 73.46 m  
13 26  Jüri Tamm (EST) 72.14 73.16 X 73.16 m  
14 27  Loris Paoluzzi (ITA) 71.38 71.68 72.82 72.82 m  
15 28  Adrián Annus (HUN) 68.68 72.26 72.58 72.58 m  
16 30  Tore Gustafsson (SWE) 70.36 71.02 X 71.02 m  
17 31  Jan Bielecki (DEN) X X 69.40 69.40 m  
18 33  Roman Linscheid (IRL) X 68.14 66.90 68.14 m  
Rank Overall Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3
1 1  Lance Deal (USA) 75.10 76.34 78.56 78.56 m  
2 2  Igor Astapkovich (BLR) 76.00 78.52 78.52 m  
3 6  Andriy Skvaruk (UKR) 73.52 77.48 77.48 m  
4 7  Enrico Sgrulletti (ITA) 77.36 77.36 m  
5 9  Raphaël Piolanti (FRA) 75.46 X 76.44 76.44 m  
6 11  Ilya Konovalov (RUS) 74.84 75.10 75.08 75.10 m  
7 13  Alberto Sánchez (CUB) 73.16 74.22 74.82 74.82 m  
8 15  Vadim Khersontsev (RUS) 73.62 74.00 74.48 74.48 m  
9 18  Karsten Kobs (GER) 72.04 X 74.20 74.20 m  
10 21  Aleksandr Krasko (BLR) 71.82 73.74 X 73.74 m  
11 22  Zsolt Németh (HUN) 41.64 72.24 73.68 73.68 m  
12 23  Marko Wahlman (FIN) 72.60 73.50 X 73.50 m  
13 25  Sean Carlin (AUS) 73.32 72.00 X 73.32 m  
14 29  Ken Popejoy (USA) 72.08 72.46 X 72.46 m  
15 32  David Smith (GBR) X X 69.32 69.32 m  
16 34  Aqarab Abbas (PAK) 65.60 X 64.34 65.60 m  
17 35  Andrés Charadia (ARG) 65.26 X X 65.26 m  
18 36  Vitaliy Khozhatelyov (UZB) 64.52 X X 64.52 m  
2  Hristos Polyhroniou (GRE) X X X NM
 

Final

Rank Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st  Balázs Kiss (HUN) 79.28 80.50 81.24 78.60 79.82 X 81.24 m  
2nd  Lance Deal (USA) X X 76.94 75.62 77.26 81.12 81.12 m  
3rd  Oleksandr Krykun (UKR) 76.24 77.64 79.44 X 78.14 80.02 80.02 m  
4  Andriy Skvaruk (UKR) 74.24 X 79.92 75.80 76.56 X 79.92 m  
5  Heinz Weis (GER) 78.78 79.30 X 78.10 78.98 79.78 79.78 m  
6  Ilya Konovalov (RUS) 76.44 77.48 77.44 77.70 76.52 78.72 78.72 m  
7  Igor Astapkovich (BLR) 76.38 78.20 X 76.62 77.38 X 78.20 m  
8  Sergey Alay (BLR) 75.46 76.68 77.38 76.50 76.38 75.78 77.38 m  
9  Enrico Sgrulletti (ITA) 76.34 76.94 75.22 76.88 74.78 76.98 76.98 m  
 
10  Szymon Ziółkowski (POL) 76.30 74.90 76.64   76.64 m  
11  Raphaël Piolanti (FRA) 74.34 75.24 X   75.24 m  
12  Vasiliy Sidorenko (RUS) 73.62 X 74.68   74.68 m  
 
 

 

 

 

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