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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 20, 2004
Date Finished: August 22, 2004

Gold: JPN Koji Murofushi
Bronze: TUR Eşref Apak

Summary

There were three favorites in 2004 – 2003 World Champion Ivan Tikhon (BLR), 2002 European Champion Adrián Annus (HUN), and Japan's Koji Murofushi, bronze medalist at the 2003 Worlds, who had the third-longest throw ever – 84.86 (278-5) in 2003. In the final, Annus led from the outset, with 80.53 (264-2½) in round one, and 82.32 (270-1) in round two. In the third round, he improved to 83.19 (272-11¼), the best mark of the competition. Murofushi was second throughout, getting his best mark of 82.91 (272-0¼) in the final round, seeming to win the silver medal. Annus then passed his drug tests both before and after the competition, but after the disqualification of Róbert Fazekas from the discus, his training partner with whom he shared a coach, he was called back for another test. Annus was back in Hungary and refused to return for another test. Analysis of his samples revealed that they came from two different people and he was disqualified, the gold medal reverting to Murofushi.

And the doping story of this event did not end there. In 2012 the IOC re-tested the drug samples from the 2004 Olympics. Tikhon's sample was found to have the presence of a methendienone metabolite, an anabolic steroid. This was announced before the London 2012 Olympics and he was not allowed to compete, but in December 2012 he was disqualified from the 2004 Olympics and his silver medal removed.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Koji Murofushi 29 Japan JPN Gold
AC Ivan Tikhon 28 Belarus BLR DQ
3 Eşref Apak 22 Turkey TUR Bronze
4 Vadim Devyatovsky 27 Belarus BLR
5 Krisztián Pars 22 Hungary HUN
6 Primož Kozmus 24 Slovenia SLO
7 Libor Charfreitag 26 Slovakia SVK
8 Karsten Kobs 32 Germany GER
9 Igor Astapkovich 41 Belarus BLR
10 Nicola Vizzoni 30 Italy ITA
11 Markus Esser 24 Germany GER
AC r2/2 Adrián Annus 31 Hungary HUN
12 QR Ilya Konovalov 33 Russia RUS
13 QR Szymon Ziółkowski 28 Poland POL
14 QR Miloslav Konopka 25 Slovakia SVK
15 QR Olli-Pekka Karjalainen 24 Finland FIN
16 QR Sergey Kirmasov 34 Russia RUS
17 QR Alexandros Papadimitriou 31 Greece GRE
18 QR Oleksandr Krykun 38 Ukraine UKR
19 QR Artem Rubanko 30 Ukraine UKR
20 QR James Parker 28 United States USA
21 QR Andraš Haklić 26 Croatia CRO
22 QR David Söderberg 25 Finland FIN
23 QR Patric Suter 27 Switzerland SUI
24 QR Yury Voronkin 25 Russia RUS
25 QR Stuart Rendell 32 Australia AUS
26 QR Juan Ignacio Cerra 27 Argentina ARG
27 QR Vítor da Costa 30 Portugal POR
28 QR Roman Rozna 28 Moldova MDA
29 QR Vladimír Maška 31 Czech Republic CZE
30 QR Ali Al-Zinkawi 20 Kuwait KUW
31 QR Dorian Çollaku 27 Albania ALB
32 QR A. G. Kruger 25 United States USA
AC QR Dilshod Nazarov 22 Tajikistan TJK
AC QR Vladyslav Piskunov 26 Ukraine UKR