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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 5, 1984
Date Finished: August 6, 1984

Gold: FIN Juha Tiainen
Silver: FRG Karl-Hans Riehm
Bronze: FRG Klaus Ploghaus


Along with the 1980 400 metre hurdles, this would be one of the most devalued Olympic competitions ever. The Soviet boycott kept out the top throwers in the world, notably [Yuriy Siedykh], two-time gold medalist, twice European champion, and the world record holder. In their absence the best throwers were Finland's [Juha Tiainen] and West Germany's [Karl-Hans Riehm]. They both got their best throws in round three, with Tianien winning by 10 centimetres. The original fourth-placer was [Gian Paolo Urlando] (ITA) but he was disqualified for testosterone use.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Juha Tiainen 28 Finland FIN Gold
2 Karl-Hans Riehm 33 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Klaus Ploghaus 28 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Orlando Bianchini 29 Italy ITA
5 Bill Green 24 United States USA
6 Harri Huhtala 31 Finland FIN
7 Walter Ciofani 22 France FRA
8 Bob Weir 23 Great Britain GBR
9 Martin Girvan 24 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/2 Christoph Sahner 20 West Germany FRG
AC r2/2 Matt Mileham 27 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/2 Gian Paolo Urlando 39 Italy ITA
12 QR Hans Lindner 25 Austria AUT
13 QR Jud Logan 25 United States USA
14 QR Shigenobu Murofushi 38 Japan JPN
15 QR Lucio Serrani 23 Italy ITA
16 QR Declan Hegarty 23 Ireland IRL
17 QR Hakim Toumi 23 Algeria ALG
18 QR Ed Burke 44 United States USA
19 QR Raúl Jimeno 25 Spain ESP
20 QR Tore Johnsen 23 Norway NOR
21 QR Conor McCullough 23 Ireland IRL
AC QR Dominique Béchard 20 Mauritius MRI