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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 27, 1996
Date Finished: July 28, 1996

Gold: HUN Balázs Kiss
Silver: USA Lance Deal
Bronze: UKR Oleksandr Krykun

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Balázs Kiss 24 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Lance Deal 34 United States USA Silver
3 Oleksandr Krykun 30 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Andriy Skvaruk 29 Ukraine UKR
5 Heinz Weis 33 Germany GER
6 Ilya Konovalov 25 Russia RUS
7 Igor Astapkovich 33 Belarus BLR
8 Sergey Alay 31 Belarus BLR
9 Enrico Sgrulletti 31 Italy ITA
10 Szymon Ziółkowski 20 Poland POL
11 Raphaël Piolanti 28 France FRA
12 Vasily Sidorenko 35 Russia RUS
13 QR Alberto Sánchez 23 Cuba CUB
14 QR Claus Dethloff 27 Germany GER
15 QR Vadim Khersontsev 22 Russia RUS
16 QR Alexandros Papadimitriou 23 Greece GRE
17 QR Christophe Épalle 27 France FRA
18 QR Karsten Kobs 24 Germany GER
19 QR Gilles Dupray 26 France FRA
20 QR Pavel Sedláček 28 Czech Republic CZE
21 QR Aleksandr Krasko 24 Belarus BLR
22 QR Zsolt Németh 24 Hungary HUN
23 QR Marko Wahlman 27 Finland FIN
24 QR Kevin McMahon 24 United States USA
25 QR Sean Carlin 28 Australia AUS
26 QR Jüri Tamm 39 Estonia EST
27 QR Loris Paoluzzi 22 Italy ITA
28 QR Adrián Annus 23 Hungary HUN
29 QR Ken Popejoy 24 United States USA
30 QR Tore Gustafsson 34 Sweden SWE
31 QR Jan Bielecki 25 Denmark DEN
32 QR David W. Smith 21 Great Britain GBR
33 QR Roman Linscheid 25 Ireland IRL
34 QR Aqarab Abbas 22 Pakistan PAK
35 QR Andrés Charadia 30 Argentina ARG
36 QR Vitaly Khozhatelev 28 Uzbekistan UZB
AC QR Khristos Polykhroniou 24 Greece GRE