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2008 Olympic Games Beijing - Men's Hammer Throw



Host City: Beijing, China Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 78.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 15, 2008  
Date Finished: August 17, 2008  
(Competitors: 33; Countries: 17; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Overview by IAAF    2008_olympic_stadium.jpg
Three times World Champion Tikhon was favourite to win the gold medal at his third Olympics, having thrown 84.51 a month earlier. Pars achieved the only 80m of the qualifying round with 80.07. Just five throwers reached the automatic standard of 78m, even though 21 of the entrants had thrown that far in 2008. Kozmus headed the field after round 1 with 80.75, with Murofushi next on 79.47. Tikhon (80.56) and Murofushi (80.71) then got beyond 80m, before Devyatovskiy reached 81.61. With the next throw, Kozmus produced 82.02, the winning throw, though the Croatian (unhappy with his technique) looked displeased with his effort. Only Tikhon got over 81m thereafter, though Kozmus was very consistent, averaging 81.005 with his six throws. Six of the top eight from Athens had repeated in Beijing, though for 18 months Devyatovskiy and Tikhon were stripped of their medals with Pars and Murofushi taking their places. In December 2008, the IOC Disciplinary Commission disqualified the Belarussian pair as a result of doping violations, the samples of each having shown traces of exogenous testosterone. Both men filed appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and in June 2010 these were upheld as the court concluded the doping control tests did not respect international laboratory standards, adding that “its decision should not be interpreted as an exoneration of the athletes and has not declared that the athletes did not, prior to the competition, administer exogenous testosterone.”
Summary by      
Ivan Tikhon (BLR) was favored, having won the last three World Championships (2003, 2005, 2007) and leading the seasonal list in 2008. But the leader after round one was Slovenia's Primož Kozmus, considered to have only an outside shot at a medal, who opened with 80.75 (264-11). Almost all the leaders achieved their best marks in round two, with Kozmus improving to 82.02 (269-1), which would eventually win the gold medal. Vadim Devyatovsky (BLR) took over second place with 81.61 (267-9), followed by Krisztián Pars of Hungary with 80.96 (265-7), and the defending champion, Koji Murofushi (JPN), with 80.71 (264-9). Tikhon improved to 80.56 (264-4) but was in fifth place after two rounds. Of the leaders, he was the only thrower to improve after that round, posting 81.51 (267-5) in round five to move into third place and a seemingly disappointing bronze medal.


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record Soviet Union Yuriy Sedykh (URS) 86.74 m Stuttgart, Germany 30 August 1986
Olympic record  Sergey Litvinov (URS) 84.80 m Seoul, South Korea 26 September 1988

No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.


The men's hammer throw at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on August 15 (qualifications) and 17 (final) at the Beijing National Stadium.

The qualifying standards for the 2008 event were 78.50 m (257 ft 7 in) (A standard) and 74.00 m (242 ft 9 in) (B standard).

The original silver and bronze medalists, Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan of Belarus, were disqualified in December 2008 for testing positive for abnormal levels of testosterone. The medals were awarded to Krisztián Pars of Hungary and Koji Murofushi of Japan respectively. Tsikhan announced that he and Devyatovskiy intended to appeal the IOC's decision. In June 2010 the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the disqualifed Belarusians should get their original medals back due to errors at the Chinese medical lab

Men's Hammer Throw - FINAL


As the two Belarussians stepped up to the ring for their final throws, you could understand if the event leader Slovenia’s Primoz Kozmus might have had a lump in his throat. Was this to be a repeat of last summer’s World Championships final in Osaka, when the Slovenian had also entered the final round in the lead but had lost it to a mighty last throw from Belarussia’s Ivan Tikhon (Tsikhan)?

The World championship silver medallist endured the agony, and when Tikhon, who with 81.51 (5th round) was lying in bronze threw 80.87, and then his compatriot Vadim Devyatovskiy (81.61, 2nd round) blasted his final effort into the steel and netting of the cage, Kozmus roared his approval presumably with a mixture of joy and relief.

It would have been the greatest injustice for Kozmus to have lost this title. For only the second time in Olympic history, the previous was Sergey Litvinov in 1988, we witnessed a six throw series of which every result was over 80m.

Kozmus’ winning best of 82.02 came in the second round. The 28-year-old had come into this final with a season’s best of 81.46, with his national record of 82.30 standing from last summer, which gives us a gauge of his superb form in Beijing.

He had taken the lead in the opening round with 80.75, and after his ultimately winning throw, followed with 80.79, 80.64, 80.98 and 80.85.

Kozmus is said to have been concentrating on his speed in the circle this year, and despite commenting after his win that he was slightly losing control of the hammer just before the release, we are starting to get into technical nit picking here on the gold medallists own part, as he was vision of fluency in motion for the stadium crowd which again was at 91,000 capacity.

No one except the two Belarussians had any real response to Kozmus and though their best releases sent huge cheers ringing around the Bird’s Nest they were still statistically a long way distant.

The top five throwers were all above 80m, among them defending champion Koji Murofushi of Japan who put up a creditable display (80.71). Ahead of him in fourth was Hungary’s Krisztian Pars (80.96).

Aside the winner the only athlete to get a season’s best was Finland’s Olli-Pekka Karjalainen in sixth (79.59).

2000 Olympic champion Szymon Ziolkowski was seventh (79.22), and Slovak Libor Charfreitag, who last summer had taken the World bronze was eighth (78.65).

“I wasn’t very happy with my technique but I was pleased I put together a good series,” said Kozmus. “When I threw the 82m I was expecting that an 83m throw would win. I was expecting Tikhon to throw 83 but he didn’t!”

“I felt less pressure this year than for Osaka because I knew I was better this year overall.”

Some credit for Simona Kozmus, his 2-year-older sister, who holds the national women’s record (58.60m), as she had embarked into the world of hammer throwing first and Primoz had followed her example when he took up athletics.

The gold medal today was Slovenia’s first ever track and field title in the history of the Olympics.

Chris Turner for the IAAF

Hammer Throw Men     Final 17 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 82.02     Primož Kozmus Slovenia SLO 30 Sep 79  
2 81.61     Vadim Devyatovski Belarus BLR 20 Mar 77  
3 81.51     Ivan Tikhon Belarus BLR 24 Jul 76  
4 80.96     Krisztián Pars Hungary HUN 18 Feb 82  
5 80.71     Koji Murofushi Japan JPN 8 Oct 74  
6 79.59     Olli-Pekka Karjalainen Finland FIN 7 Mar 80  
7 79.22     Szymon Ziółkowski Poland POL 1 Jul 76  
8 78.65     Libor Charfreitag Slovakia SVK 11 Sep 77  
9 77.10     Markus Esser Germany GER 3 Feb 80  
10 76.58     Andras Haklits Croatia CRO 23 Sep 77  
11 76.54     Dilshod Nazarov Tajikistan TJK 6 May 82  
12 75.72     Jim Steacy Canada CAN 29 May 84  

Men's Hammer Throw qualification


Thirteen men have sent the hammer over 80m this year. Just one did it today in qualification!

True 78m was the automatic qualification mark to progress to the final but even in this respect only five men made it past that point to make it into Sunday’s battle for medals.

Hungary’s Krisztian Pars was that sole 80m performer, his release which passed that sector line by 7cm was produced in the second round following a foul on his first effort. Of the season’s 80m performers, Pars is one of the most consistent with this qualification marking his eighth competition breeching this limit.

The other four automatics made their way to the final on their first efforts.

Defending champion Koji Murofushi looked fluent in Group A with 78.18 behind Pars. The other three came from the later B Group, the start of which was delayed by 15 minutes. Poland’s 2000 Olympic champion Szymon Ziolkowski (79.55), Slovenia’s Primoz Kozmus (79.44), who lost World gold in the last round in Osaka,  and three-time reigning World champion Ivan Tikhon (Tsikhan) - 79.26m - were confident qualifiers, and look to have a lot more distance stored in their arsenals.

But in what was a very straight forward qualification round, do not let the talents of proven championship performers like European silver medallist Olli-Pekka Karjalainen of Finland (77.07), Belarussia’s European bronze and former World silver medallist Vadim Devyatovskiy (76.95) and Slovak’s World championship bronze medallist Libor Charfreitag (76.61) disappear under the radar as they could threaten.

Ahead of these three were Germany’s Markus Esser (77.60) and Croatia’s Andreas Haklits (77.12), with Canada’s James Steacey (76.32) and Dilshod Nazarov, the surprise finalists in 11th and 12th places overall.

Athens 2004 bronze medallist Esref Apak of Turkey lost out (74.45), as did Italy’s 2000 Olympic silver medallist Nicola Vizzoni (75.01).

Overall verdict – the qualification was pretty lifeless. Even Tikhon who is a notoriously bad at motivating himself in qualification despite his illustrious pedigree when he reaches finals, didn’t leave us in any suspense. If the final on Sunday is won with anything like Murofushi achieved in 2004 (82.91), I would be very surprised.

Chris Turner for the IAAF

Hammer Throw Men     Qualification 15 August      
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 80.07   Q Krisztián Pars Hungary HUN 18 Feb 82  
2 79.55   Q Szymon Ziółkowski Poland POL 1 Jul 76  
3 79.44   Q Primož Kozmus Slovenia SLO 30 Sep 79  
4 79.26     Ivan Tikhon Belarus BLR 24 Jul 76  
5 78.16   Q Koji Murofushi Japan JPN 8 Oct 74  
6 77.60   Q Markus Esser Germany GER 3 Feb 80  
7 77.12   Q Andras Haklits Croatia CRO 23 Sep 77  
8 77.07   Q Olli-Pekka Karjalainen Finland FIN 7 Mar 80  
9 76.95     Vadim Devyatovski Belarus BLR 20 Mar 77  
10 76.61   Q Libor Charfreitag Slovakia SVK 11 Sep 77  
11 76.32   Q Jim Steacy Canada CAN 29 May 84  
12 75.34   Q Dilshod Nazarov Tajikistan TJK 6 May 82  
13 75.01     Nicola Vizzoni Italy ITA 4 Jan 73  
14 74.49     Yevhen Vynohradov Ukraine UKR 30 Apr 84  
15 74.47     Artem Rubanko Ukraine UKR 21 Mar 74  
16 74.45     Eşref Apak Turkey TUR 3 Jan 82  
17 74.41     Valeri Sviatokha Belarus BLR 20 Jul 81  
18 74.33     Aléxandros Papadimitríou Greece GRE 18 Jun 73  
19 73.72     Igors Sokolovs Latvia LAT 17 Aug 74  
20 73.62     Mohamed Ali Al-Zankawi Kuwait KUW 27 Feb 84  
21 72.33     Kirill Ikonnikov Russia RUS 5 Mar 84  
22 72.05     Igor Vinichenko Russia RUS 11 Apr 84  
23 71.96     Miloslav Konopka Slovakia SVK 23 Jan 79  
24 71.89     Ihor Tuhay Ukraine UKR 22 Mar 75  
25 71.63     Bergur Ingi Pétursson Iceland ISL 5 Oct 85  
26 71.33     Roman Rozna Moldova MDA 25 Mar 76  
27 71.21     A.G. Kruger United States USA 18 Feb 79  
28 70.98     Dorian Collaku Albania ALB 2 Jun 77  
29 70.56     Lukáš Melich Czech Republic CZE 16 Sep 80  
30 70.16     Juan Ignacio Cerra Argentina ARG 16 Oct 76  
  NM     Mohsen Anani Egypt EGY 21 May 85  
  NM     Amanmurad Hommadov Turkmenistan TKM 28 Jan 89  
  NM     Marco Lingua Italy ITA 4 Jun 78  
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Qualifying round

Qualification: 78.00 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Krisztián Pars Hungary x 80.07   80.07 Q
2 B Szymon Ziółkowski Poland 79.55     79.55 Q, SB
3 B Primož Kozmus Slovenia 79.44     79.44 Q
4 B Ivan Tsikhan Belarus 79.26     79.26 Q
5 A Koji Murofushi Japan 78.16     78.16 Q
6 A Markus Esser Germany x 77.00 77.60 77.60 q
7 A Andras Haklits Croatia 74.27 77.12 76.23 77.12 q
8 B Olli-Pekka Karjalainen Finland 75.49 x 77.07 77.07 q
9 B Vadim Devyatovskiy Belarus 73.39 76.56 76.95 76.95 q
10 B Libor Charfreitag Slovakia 76.03 x 76.61 76.61 q
11 B James Steacy Canada 76.32 x 75.01 76.32 q
12 A Dilshod Nazarov Tajikistan 74.67 75.34 72.47 75.34 q
13 B Nicola Vizzoni Italy 72.82 x 75.01 75.01  
14 A Yevhen Vynohradov Ukraine 73.41 74.49 x 74.49  
15 B Artem Rubanko Ukraine 74.47 73.89 x 74.47  
16 B Eşref Apak Turkey x 74.45 x 74.45  
17 A Valeriy Sviatokha Belarus 74.41 x x 74.41  
18 A Alexandros Papadimitriou Greece x 74.33 73.83 74.33  
19 A Igors Sokolovs Latvia 73.72 71.50 x 73.72  
20 B Ali Al-Zinkawi Kuwait x 73.62 x 73.62  
21 A Kirill Ikonnikov Russia x 72.04 72.33 72.33  
22 B Igor Vinichenko Russia x 72.05 x 72.05  
23 A Miloslav Konopka Slovakia 71.76 71.96 x 71.96  
24 A Ihor Tuhay Ukraine 71.89 x 70.56 71.89  
25 A Bergur Ingi Pétursson Iceland 69.73 x 71.63 71.63  
26 B Roman Rozna Moldova 71.33 69.99 70.23 71.33  
27 B A.G. Kruger United States 70.58 71.21 x 71.21  
28 B Dorian Çollaku Albania 69.14 69.84 70.98 70.98  
29 A Lukas Melich Czech Republic 69.31 70.56 69.03 70.56  
30 B Juan Ignacio Cerra Argentina x 70.16 x 70.16  
  A Mohsen El Anany Egypt x x x NM  
  B Amanmurad Hommadov Turkmenistan x x x NM  
  A Marco Lingua Italy x x x NM


The final was held on 17 August. The eight highest-ranked competitors after three rounds qualified for the final three throws to decide the medals.

Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st Primož Kozmus Slovenia 80.75 82.02 80.79 80.64 80.98 80.85 82.02 SB
2nd Vadim Devyatovskiy Belarus 79.00 81.61 x x 80.86 x 81.61  
3rd Ivan Tsikhan Belarus 78.49 80.56 79.59 78.89 81.51 80.87 81.51  
4 Krisztián Pars Hungary 78.05 80.96 x 80.16 80.11 79.83 80.96  
5 Koji Murofushi Japan 79.47 80.71 79.94 77.96 78.22 77.26 80.71  
6 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen Finland 77.92 79.59 78.99 x 78.88 x 79.59 SB
7 Szymon Ziółkowski Poland 75.92 79.22 79.07 79.04 76.16 x 79.22  
8 Libor Charfreitag Slovakia x 77.62 76.83 77.26 78.65 x 78.65  
9 Markus Esser Germany 74.56 x 77.10       77.10  
10 András Haklits Croatia x 75.78 76.58       76.58  
11 Dilshod Nazarov Tajikistan 72.97 76.54 x       76.54  
12 James Steacy Canada 75.72 75.54 74.06       75.72  




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