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Athletics at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games:

Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: Stockholm, Sweden
Venue(s): Stockholm Olympic Stadium, Stockholm
Date Started: July 14, 1912
Date Finished: July 14, 1912

Gold: USA Matt McGrath
Silver: CAN Duncan Gillis
Bronze: USA Clarence Childs

Summary

Since the late 1890’s, the hammer throw had been dominated by the Irish-born American John Flanagan. He had won three Olympic gold medals (1900, 1904, 1908), won seven AAU Championships (1897-99, 1901-02, 1906-07), and set 15 world records. But since 1907 he had had competition from American Matt McGrath, who had finished second to Flanagan at the 1908 Olympics.

McGrath had one of the longest careers of any track & field athlete ever. He finished second in the 1907 AAU Meet, and last competed in that meet in 1928, finishing fifth at 48 years old. He competed in the Olympic hammer throw four times - 1908 (2nd), 1912 (1st), 1920 (5th), and 1924 (2nd). He set two world records, one in 1907 and one in 1911. At Stockholm, McGrath was absolutely dominant. He won the event with 54.74, a margin of 6.35 metres over Canada’s Duncan Gillis. McGrath had four measured throws, the shortest of which was 4.44 metres longer than Gillis’s best mark.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Matt McGrath 34 United States USA Gold 54.74 OR
2 Duncan Gillis 29 Canada CAN Silver 48.39
3 Clarence Childs 28 United States USA Bronze 48.17
4 Robert Olsson 29 Sweden SWE 46.50
5 Carl Johan Lind 28 Sweden SWE 45.61
6 Denis Carey 39 Great Britain GBR 43.78
7 Nils Linde 21 Sweden SWE 43.32
8T Ralph Rose 28 United States USA 42.58
8T Carl Jahnzon 31 Sweden SWE 42.58
10 Arvid Åberg 26 Sweden SWE 41.11
11 Gunnar Johnson 22 Sweden SWE 39.92
12 Benjamin Sherman 31 United States USA 38.77
13 Viktor Hackberg 20 Sweden SWE 38.44
AC Simon Gillis 32 United States USA NM