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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Hammer Throw

Athletics at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

Events:

Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 3, 2012
Date Finished: August 5, 2012

Gold: HUN Krisztián Pars
Silver: SLO Primož Kozmus
Bronze: JPN Koji Murofushi

Summary

Coming into London, Hungary's [Krisztián Pars] had won 9 of 10 meets, including the 2012 European title. His only major challenger was expected to be world leader [Ivan Tikhon] of Belarus, but he was pulled from the Games after re-testing of drug samples from the 2004 Olympics and 2005 Worlds, where he had won silver and gold, respectively. Slovenia's [Primož Kozmus], the defending gold medalist, was left as Pars' major remaining gold medal contender. One other contender was Poland's [Paweł Fajdek], but he did not get past qualifying, just missing with a sector foul of 78+ metres.

Kozmus opened with 78.97 in round one to take an early lead, but on the next throw, Pars went into the lead with 79.14, a lead he would never relinquish. Kozmus fouled his next two throws, and in round three, Pars hammered the ball out to 80.59, which was the eventual gold-medal winning mark. Kozmus improved his mark in round five with 79.36 but stayed in second. Japan's [Koji Murofushi], the 2004 Olympic and 2011 World gold medalist, moved into third in the third round with 78.71 and that held on for a bronze medal. The podium was the same as at the 2011 Worlds, but the order was different, as Murofushi had been first there, with Pars second and Kozmus third.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Krisztián Pars 30 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Primož Kozmus 32 Slovenia SLO Silver
3 Koji Murofushi 37 Japan JPN Bronze
4 Oleksiy Sokyrskiy 27 Ukraine UKR
5 Kirill Ikonnikov 28 Russia RUS
6 Lukáš Melich 31 Czech Republic CZE
7 Szymon Ziółkowski 36 Poland POL
8 Nicola Vizzoni 38 Italy ITA
9 Kibwé Johnson 31 United States USA
10 Dilshod Nazarov 30 Tajikistan TJK
11 Valery Svyatokho 31 Belarus BLR
12 Alex Smith 24 Great Britain GBR
13 r1/2 Eivind Henriksen 21 Norway NOR
14 r1/2 Jérôme Bortoluzzi 30 France FRA
15 r1/2 Marcel Lomnický 25 Slovakia SVK
16 r1/2 Javier Cienfuegos 22 Spain ESP
17 r1/2 Eşref Apak 30 Turkey TUR
18 r1/2 Ali Al-Zinkawi 28 Kuwait KUW
19 r1/2 Roberto Janet 25 Cuba CUB
20 r1/2 Dmitri Marşin 39 Azerbaijan AZE
21 r1/2 Igors Sokolovs 37 Latvia LAT
22 r1/2 Kaveh Mousavi 27 Iran IRI
23 r1/2 Aleksey Zagorny 34 Russia RUS
24 r1/2 Quentin Bigot 19 France FRA
25 r1/2 A. G. Kruger 33 United States USA
26 r1/2 David Söderberg 32 Finland FIN
27 r1/2 Lorenzo Povegliano 27 Italy ITA
28 r1/2 Pavel Kryvitsky 28 Belarus BLR
29 r1/2 Mostafa Al-Gamel 23 Egypt EGY
30 r1/2 Andraš Haklić 34 Croatia CRO
31 r1/2 Serghei Marghiev 19 Moldova MDA
32 r1/2 Nicolas Figère 33 France FRA
33 r1/2 Konstantinos Stathelakos 24 Cyprus CYP
34 r1/2 Oleksandr Dryhol 46 Ukraine UKR
35 r1/2 Mergen Mämmedow 21 Turkmenistan TKM
36 r1/2 Juan Ignacio Cerra 35 Argentina ARG
37 r1/2 Alexandros Papadimitriou 39 Greece GRE
38 r1/2 Sukhrob Khodzhayev 19 Uzbekistan UZB
AC Paweł Fajdek 23 Poland POL NM
AC Artem Rubanko 38 Ukraine UKR NM
AC Jim Steacy 28 Canada CAN NM