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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 16, 1968
Date Finished: October 17, 1968

Gold: HUN Gyula Zsivótzky
Silver: URS Romuald Klim
Bronze: HUN Lázár Lovász


The gold and silver medalists from 1964 were again favored – [Romuald Klim] (URS) and [Gyula Zsivótzky] (HUN). Zsivótzky was best on marks as the world record holder, one set only one month before the Mexico Olympics. But Klim always defeated him head-to-head, having done so nine straight times, including the 1966 European Championships. Zsivótzky opened in the final with 72.26 (237-1) to lead in round one. He improved in rounds two and three and still led, before fouling his fourth throw. Klim then moved ahead with 73.28 (240-5), but Zsivótzky answered on his fifth throw with 73.36 (240-8¼), and that would win the gold medal. Lázár Lovász (HUN) and Japan’s [Takeo Sugawara] tied for bronze with 69.78 (228-11¼) but Lovász won that medal based on the second longest throw (69.38-69.06).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gyula Zsivótzky 31 Hungary HUN Gold OR
2 Romuald Klim 35 Soviet Union URS Silver OR
3 Lázár Lovász 26 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Takeo Sugawara 30 Japan JPN
5 Sándor Eckschmiedt 29 Hungary HUN
6 Gennady Kondrashov 29 Soviet Union URS
7 Reinhard Theimer 20 East Germany GDR
8 Helmuth Baumann 28 East Germany GDR
9 Anatoly Shchuplyakov 30 Soviet Union URS
10 Howard Payne 37 Great Britain GBR
11 Hans Fahsl 27 West Germany FRG
12 Ed Burke 28 United States USA
13 Yoshihisa Ishida 24 Japan JPN
14 QR Al Hall 34 United States USA
15 QR Lutz Caspers 25 West Germany FRG
16 QR Uwe Beyer 23 West Germany FRG
17 QR Hal Connolly 37 United States USA
18 QR José Luis Martínez 25 Spain ESP
19 QR Ernst Ammann 27 Switzerland SUI
20 QR Praveen Kumar 20 India IND
21 QR Gustavo Morales 22 Nicaragua NCA
22 QR Carlos Hasbún 19 El Salvador ESA