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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 24, 1952
Date Finished: July 24, 1952

Gold: HUN József Csermák
Silver: GER Karl Storch
Bronze: HUN Imre Németh

Summary

The three favorites were defending champion and world record holder Imre Németh (HUN), 1950 European Champion Sverre Strandli (NOR), and Germany's Karl Storch. But the qualifying was led by József Csermák, Németh's teammate. Czermák took the lead in the final with 58.45 (191-9¼) in round one, and clinched the gold medal with his 60.34 (197-11¾) in round three. Storch's third round throw of 58.18 (190-10½) secured the silver, although he improved to 58.86 (193-1½) in the fourth round. At 20-years-old, Csermák remains thru 2008 the youngest ever men's hammer gold medalist. Shortly after the Olympics Strandli broke the world record and would do so again in 1953.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 József Csermák 20 Hungary HUN Gold WR
2 Karl Storch 38 Germany GER Silver
3 Imre Németh 34 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Jiří Dadák 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 Mykola Redkin 24 Soviet Union URS
6 Karl Wolf 40 Germany GER
7 Sverre Strandli 26 Norway NOR
8 Heorhiy Dybenko Soviet Union URS
9 Ivan Gubijan 29 Yugoslavia YUG
10 Teseo Taddia 32 Italy ITA
11 Sam Felton 26 United States USA
12 Constantin Dumitru 27 Romania ROU
13 Bob Backus 26 United States USA
14 Reino Kuivamäki 34 Finland FIN
15 Miloš Máca 25 Czechoslovakia TCH
16 Poul Cederquist 36 Denmark DEN
17 Rudolf Galin 24 Yugoslavia YUG
18 Duncan Clark 37 Great Britain GBR
19 Oiva Halmetoja 32 Finland FIN
20 Lauri Tamminen 32 Finland FIN
21 Peter Allday 25 Great Britain GBR
22 Henri Haest 25 Belgium BEL
23 Pierre Legrain 32 France FRA
AC r2/2 Mikhail Krivonosov 23 Soviet Union URS
AC r2/2 Marty Engel 20 United States USA
26 QR Aivo Lucioli 23 Italy ITA
27 QR Roger Veeser 32 Switzerland SUI
28 QR Fazal Hussain 22 Pakistan PAK
29 QR Ewan Douglas 29 Great Britain GBR
30 QR André Osterberger 31 France FRA
31 QR Muhammad Iqbal 25 Pakistan PAK
32 QR Arturo Melcher 30 Chile CHI
AC QR Jaime Annexy 24 Puerto Rico PUR