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Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 31, 1948
Date Finished: July 31, 1948

Gold: HUN Imre Németh
Silver: YUG Ivan Gubijan
Bronze: USA Bob Bennett


Two weeks before the Olympics, Hungary’s [Imre Németh] threw 59.02 (193-7¾) for a world record at a pre-Olympic meeting in Tata. With Germany not invited to compete in the 1948 Olympics, he was a heavy favorite as only the Germans were close to him on recent performances. A challenged was expected from the 1946 European champion, [Bo Ericsson], but that never materialized. Németh had the three longest throws of the competition. He led from round one, secured the gold medal in round two, and had his best throw of 56.07 (183-11½) in the final round. In 1976, Németh’s son, [Miklós Németh], emulated his father by winning gold in the javelin throw.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Imre Németh 30 Hungary HUN Gold
2 Ivan Gubijan 25 Yugoslavia YUG Silver
3 Bob Bennett 28 United States USA Bronze
4 Sam Felton 22 United States USA
5 Lauri Tamminen 28 Finland FIN
6 Bo Ericsson 29 Sweden SWE
7 Teseo Taddia 28 Italy ITA
8 Einar Söderqvist 26 Sweden SWE
9 Henry Dreyer 37 United States USA
10 Svend Aage Frederiksen 28 Denmark DEN
11 Duncan Clark 33 Great Britain GBR
12 Hans Houtzager 37 Netherlands NED
13 Gin Gang-Hwan 31 South Korea KOR
14 QR Reino Kuivamäki 30 Finland FIN
15 QR Poul Cederquist 32 Denmark DEN
16 QR Ewan Douglas 25 Great Britain GBR
17 QR Norman Drake 36 Great Britain GBR
18 QR Pierre Legrain 28 France FRA
19 QR Dan Coyle Ireland IRL
20 QR Juan Fusé 43 Argentina ARG
21 QR Edmundo Zúñiga Chile CHI
22 QR Jaroslav Knotek 36 Czechoslovakia TCH
23 QR Nat Singh Somnath India IND
24 QR Francisco González Mexico MEX