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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Hammer Throw

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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.

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