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Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 18, 1920
Date Finished: August 18, 1920

Gold: USA Paddy Ryan
Silver: SWE Carl Johan Lind
Bronze: USA Basil Bennett


The championship was supposed to be decided between [Matt McGrath], the 1912 Olympic champion, and [Paddy Ryan], both of the United States. Between 1908 and 1926, Ryan or McGrath won 15 of the 19 AAU Championships, with Ryan winning eight and McGrath winning seven. But McGrath injured his knee in the second round and had to withdraw. This left Ryan unchallenged and he won easily. Some sources state that [Tom Nicolson] arrived late and did not compete in the qualifying and a petition by the other contestants allowed him to compete in the finals. However, only six athletes competed in the finals, and Nicolson was listed as having recorded a qualifying mark in one source. Ryan did not approach his own world record of 57.77 (set in 1913), nor did he challenge McGrath’s Olympic record of 54.74.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal D
1 Paddy Ryan 39 United States USA Gold 52.875
2 Carl Johan Lind 36 Sweden SWE Silver 48.430
3 Basil Bennett 25 United States USA Bronze 48.250
4 Malcolm Svensson 34 Sweden SWE 47.290
5 Matt McGrath 44 United States USA 46.670
6 Tom Nicolson 40 Great Britain GBR 45.700
7 QR Nils Linde 29 Sweden SWE
8 QR James McEachern 38 United States USA
9 QR Archie McDiarmid 38 Canada CAN
10 QR Robert Olsson 37 Sweden SWE
11 QR Johan Pettersson 35 Finland FIN
AC QR John Cameron Canada CAN