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Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 3, 1936
Date Finished: August 3, 1936

Gold: GER Karl Hein
Silver: GER Erwin Blask
Bronze: SWE Fred WarngÃ¥rd


[Pat O’Callaghan] wanted to try for a three-peat in the hammer throw in 1936. But there were two Irish governing bodies in athletics, and he aligned himself with the “wrong” one, the National Athletic and Cycling Association of Ireland (NACAI), or at least the one that was not recognized by the IAAF. The problem was that the NACAI claimed control over all 32 Irish counties, including Ulster, and the IAAF demanded that they be in charge of only the 26 counties of the Irish Free State. Thus O’Callaghan was not allowed to compete. He would have been favored again, throwing 59.56 (195-5) in 1937, well above the world record although it was not recognized. In his absence the first two places were taken by Germans, with [Karl Hein] winning a big upset victory. He trailed his countryman, [Erwin Blask], until the final throw but came thru in the last round with 56.49 (185-4) to secure the gold medal. In 1938 Blask would throw 59.00 (193-7) to break the long-standing world record of 57.77 (189-6½) set by [Paddy Ryan] in 1913.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Karl Hein 28 Germany GER Gold OR
2 Erwin Blask 26 Germany GER Silver OR
3 Fred Warngård 29 Sweden SWE Bronze
4 Gustaf Alfons Koutonen 25 Finland FIN
5 William Rowe 23 United States USA
6 Donald Favor 23 United States USA
7 Bernhard Greulich 33 Germany GER
8 Koit Annamaa 23 Estonia EST
9 Henry Dreyer 25 United States USA
10 Sulo Heino 27 Finland FIN
11 Ville Pörhölä 38 Finland FIN
12 Gunnar Jansson 38 Sweden SWE
13 Isao Abe 24 Japan JPN
14 Evert Linné 25 Sweden SWE
15 Giovanni Cantagalli 22 Italy ITA
16 Joseph Wirtz 24 France FRA
17 Anton Barticevic 30 Chile CHI
AC QR Emil Janausch 35 Austria AUT
AC QR Assis Naban 29 Brazil BRA
AC QR Norman Drake 24 Great Britain GBR
AC QR Khristos Dimitropoulos Greece GRE
AC QR Eiichiro Matsuno 21 Japan JPN
AC QR Hans Houtzager 25 Netherlands NED
AC QR Jaroslav Eliáš 30 Czechoslovakia TCH
AC QR Jaroslav Knotek 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
AC QR Milan Stepišnik 25 Yugoslavia YUG
AC QR Pedro Goić 40 Yugoslavia YUG