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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Hammer Throw

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 8, 2012
Date Finished: August 10, 2012

Gold: RUS Tatyana Lysenko
Silver: POL Anita Włodarczyk
Bronze: GER Betty Heidler


German Betty Heidler had been world ranked #1 for the past two years and was slightly favored, but Russian Tatyana Lysenko had won the 2011 World Championships, and was expected to push her. Heidler would struggle as the level of throwing was high. She opened with 73.90 but that placed her only fourth at the end of the first round, led by Lysenko's 77.56. Heidler did not improve in rounds two or three and barely made the last three throws, placing only eighth at that point.

Round two opened with 2008 bronze medalist Zhang Wenxiu (CHN) throwing 76.34 to move into second. Poland's Anita Włodarczyk then threw 76.02 to move into third position behind Zhang and Lysenko. On round three Włodarczyk was displaced by Heidler's teammate Kathrin Klaas, who PRed with 76.05 to move into third. No changes in position occurred in the fourth round. Heidler opened the fifth round with what appeared to be her best mark of the day, one which would eventually get her a bronze medal, but not without some drama. Her mark had landed nearly on top of Lysenko's 77.12 from round four, the previous attempt, and the data system lost the measurement because the computer had been programmed not to accept consecutive marks of the same distance, feeling that odds against this were very high. Heidler was given a back-up throw but fouled it. Lysenko finished the round improving to 78.08, the eventual gold medal winning throw. In the final round, Włodarczyk moved up to the silver medal with a mark of 77.60, and held that spot when Zhang fouled. After all the throwers had finished, an official found Heidler's mark and it was re-measured at 77.12, good for the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tatyana Lysenko 28 Russia RUS Gold
2 Anita Włodarczyk 26 Poland POL Silver
3 Betty Heidler 28 Germany GER Bronze
4 Zhang Wenxiu 36 China CHN
5 Kathrin Klaas 28 Germany GER
6 Yipsi Moreno 31 Cuba CUB
7 Oksana Menkova 30 Belarus BLR
8 Zalina Marghiev 24 Moldova MDA
9 Stéphanie Falzon 29 France FRA
10 Joanna Fiodorow 23 Poland POL
11 Mariya Bespalova 26 Russia RUS
12 Sophie Hitchon 21 Great Britain GBR
13 Amber Campbell 31 United States USA
14 Jessica Cosby 30 United States USA
15 Kıvılcım Kaya 20 Turkey TUR
16 Gulfiya Khanafayeva 30 Russia RUS
17 Éva Orbán 27 Hungary HUN
18 Eli Johana Moreno 27 Colombia COL
19 Hanna Skydan 20 Ukraine UKR
20 Martina Hrašnová-Danišová 29 Slovakia SVK
21 Berta Castells 28 Spain ESP
22 Bianca Perie 22 Romania ROU
23 Arasay Thondike 26 Cuba CUB
24 Tuğçe Şahutoğlu 24 Turkey TUR
25 Ariannis Vichy 23 Cuba CUB
26 Sultana Frizell 27 Canada CAN
27 Rosa Rodríguez 26 Venezuela VEN
28 Amanda Bingson 22 United States USA
29 Barbara Špiler 20 Slovenia SLO
30 Yelena Matoshko 30 Belarus BLR
31 Kateřina Šafránková 23 Czech Republic CZE
32 Amy Sène 26 Senegal SEN
33 Iryna Novozhylova 26 Ukraine UKR
34 Heather Steacy 24 Canada CAN
35 Vânia Silva 32 Portugal POR
36 Silvia Salis 26 Italy ITA
AC Jenny Dahlgren 28 Argentina ARG NM