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Men's Hammer Throw

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 15, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008

Gold: SLO Primož Kozmus
Silver: BLR Vadim Devyatovsky
Bronze: BLR Ivan Tikhon


[Ivan Tikhon] (BLR) was favored, having won the last three World Championships (2003, 2005, 2007) and leading the seasonal list in 2008. But the leader after round one was Slovenia's [Primož Kozmus], considered to have only an outside shot at a medal, who opened with 80.75 (264-11). Almost all the leaders achieved their best marks in round two, with Kozmus improving to 82.02 (269-1), which would eventually win the gold medal. [Vadim Devyatovsky] (BLR) took over second place with 81.61 (267-9), followed by [Krisztián Pars] of Hungary with 80.96 (265-7), and the defending champion, [Koji Murofushi] (JPN), with 80.71 (264-9). Tikhon improved to 80.56 (264-4) but was in fifth place after two rounds. Of the leaders, he was the only thrower to improve after that round, posting 81.51 (267-5) in round five to move into third place and a seemingly disappointing bronze medal.

But the medal places would not finally be decided for almost two years. Both Devyatovsky and Tikhon tested positive for testosterone, and were disqualified by the IOC, but not until 11 December 2008. This initially moved Pars up to the silver medal and Murofushi to the bronze. It was the second successive Olympics at which Murofushi seemingly benefited from others being disqualified for doping as in 2004, he had moved up to the gold medal position after the DQ of [Adrián Annus] (HUN). However, both Devyatovsky and Tikhon appealed their disqualification to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and in June 2010, the CAS ruled that both athletes should not be disqualified because of irregularities in the testing procedures, with the ruling restoring them to their medal positions. After a 2013 re-test of samples from the 2005 World Championships came back positive, and then after further appeals, Devyatovsky was again cleared by CAS in April 2016, and retained the silver medal in this event.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Primož Kozmus 28 Slovenia SLO Gold
2 Vadim Devyatovsky 31 Belarus BLR Silver
3 Ivan Tikhon 32 Belarus BLR Bronze
4 Krisztián Pars 26 Hungary HUN
5 Koji Murofushi 33 Japan JPN
6 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen 28 Finland FIN
7 Szymon Ziółkowski 32 Poland POL
8 Libor Charfreitag 30 Slovakia SVK
9 Markus Esser 28 Germany GER
10 Andraš Haklić 30 Croatia CRO
11 Dilshod Nazarov 26 Tajikistan TJK
12 Jim Steacy 24 Canada CAN
13 QR Nicola Vizzoni 34 Italy ITA
14 QR Yevhen Vynohradov 24 Ukraine UKR
15 QR Artem Rubanko 34 Ukraine UKR
16 QR Eşref Apak 26 Turkey TUR
17 QR Valery Svyatokho 27 Belarus BLR
18 QR Alexandros Papadimitriou 35 Greece GRE
19 QR Igors Sokolovs 33 Latvia LAT
20 QR Ali Al-Zinkawi 24 Kuwait KUW
21 QR Kirill Ikonnikov 24 Russia RUS
22 QR Igor Vinichenko 24 Russia RUS
23 QR Miloslav Konopka 29 Slovakia SVK
24 QR Ihor Tuhay 33 Ukraine UKR
25 QR Bergur Petursson 22 Iceland ISL
26 QR Roman Rozna 32 Moldova MDA
27 QR A. G. Kruger 29 United States USA
28 QR Dorian Çollaku 31 Albania ALB
29 QR Lukáš Melich 27 Czech Republic CZE
30 QR Juan Ignacio Cerra 31 Argentina ARG
AC QR Mohsen Anany 23 Egypt EGY
AC QR Marco Lingua 30 Italy ITA
AC QR Amanmyrat Hommadow 19 Turkmenistan TKM