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Hammer Throw, Men

Date15 – 17 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants33 from 26 countries
Olympic Record 84.80 / Sergey Litvinov URS / 26 September 1988

Ivan Tikhon (BLR) was favored, having won the last three World Championships (2003, 2005, 2007) and leading the seasonal list in 2008. 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.

The medal places, however, would not be decided with finality 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).

Both Devyatovsky and Tikhon appealed their disqualification to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), however, 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.

12877Primož KozmusSLO79.44 (3)82.02 (1)Gold
21154Vadzim DzeviatouskiBLR76.95 (9)81.61 (2)Silver1
31151Ivan TsikanBLR79.26 (4)81.51 (3)Bronze2
42000Krisztián ParsHUN80.07 (1)80.96 (4)
52215Koji MurofushiJPN78.16 (5)80.71 (5)
61698Olli-Pekka KarjalainenFIN77.07 (8)79.59 (6)
72621Szymon ZiółkowskiPOL79.55 (2)79.22 (7)
82936Libor CharfreitagSVK76.61 (10)78.65 (8)
91897Markus EsserGER77.60 (6)77.10 (9)
101439Andraš HaklićCRO77.12 (7)76.58 (10)
112993Dilshod NazarovTJK75.34 (12)76.54 (11)
121297Jim SteacyCAN76.32 (11)75.72 (12)
13 r1/22105Nicola VizzoniITA75.01 (13)
14 r1/23082Yevhen VynohradovUKR74.49 (14)
15 r1/23121Artem RubankoUKR74.47 (15)
16 r1/23033Eşref ApakTUR74.45 (16)
17 r1/21159Valery SviatokhaBLR74.41 (17)
18 r1/21956Alexandros PapadimitriouGRE74.33 (18)
19 r1/22339Igors SokolovsLAT73.72 (19)
20 r1/22323Ali Al-ZinkawiKUW73.62 (20)
21 r1/22849Kirill IkonnikovRUS72.33 (21)
22 r1/22795Igor VinichenkoRUS72.05 (22)
23 r1/22938Miloslav KonopkaSVK71.96 (23)
24 r1/23107Ihor TuhayUKR71.89 (24)
25 r1/22058Bergur PéturssonISL71.63 (25)
26 r1/22416Roman RoznaMDA71.33 (26)
27 r1/23193A. G. KrugerUSA71.21 (27)
28 r1/21005Dorian ÇollakuALB70.98 (28)
29 r1/21522Lukáš MelichCZE70.56 (29)
30 r1/21030Juan Ignacio CerraARG70.16 (30)
AC r1/21563Mohsen AnanyEGY– (AC)
AC r1/22098Marco LinguaITA– (AC)
AC r1/22996Amanmyrat HommadowTKM– (AC)

Qualifying Round (15 August 2008)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 78.00 metres advanced to the final.

1Krisztián ParsHUN80.07Q
2Szymon ZiółkowskiPOL79.55Q
3Primož KozmusSLO79.44Q
4Ivan TsikanBLR79.26Q3
5Koji MurofushiJPN78.16Q
6Markus EsserGER77.60q
7Andraš HaklićCRO77.12q
8Olli-Pekka KarjalainenFIN77.07q
9Vadzim DzeviatouskiBLR76.95q4
10Libor CharfreitagSVK76.61q
11Jim SteacyCAN76.32q
12Dilshod NazarovTJK75.34q
13Nicola VizzoniITA75.01
14Yevhen VynohradovUKR74.49
15Artem RubankoUKR74.47
16Eşref ApakTUR74.45
17Valery SviatokhaBLR74.41
18Alexandros PapadimitriouGRE74.33
19Igors SokolovsLAT73.72
20Ali Al-ZinkawiKUW73.62
21Kirill IkonnikovRUS72.33
22Igor VinichenkoRUS72.05
23Miloslav KonopkaSVK71.96
24Ihor TuhayUKR71.89
25Bergur PéturssonISL71.63
26Roman RoznaMDA71.33
27A. G. KrugerUSA71.21
28Dorian ÇollakuALB70.98
29Lukáš MelichCZE70.56
30Juan Ignacio CerraARG70.16
ACMohsen AnanyEGYNM
ACMarco LinguaITANM
ACAmanmyrat HommadowTKMNM

Qualifying Round, Group A (15 August 2008)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
16Krisztián ParsHUN80.07×80.07
24Koji MurofushiJPN78.1678.16
315Markus EsserGER77.60×77.0077.60
47Andraš HaklićCRO77.1274.2777.1276.23
512Dilshod NazarovTJK75.3474.6775.3472.47
68Yevhen VynohradovUKR74.4973.4174.49×
716Valery SviatokhaBLR74.4174.41××
83Alexandros PapadimitriouGRE74.33×74.3373.83
914Igors SokolovsLAT73.7273.7271.50×
1011Kirill IkonnikovRUS72.33×72.0472.33
115Miloslav KonopkaSVK71.9671.7671.96×
1213Ihor TuhayUKR71.8971.89×70.56
139Bergur PéturssonISL71.6369.73×71.63
142Lukáš MelichCZE70.5669.3170.5669.03
AC1Mohsen AnanyEGY×××NM
AC10Marco LinguaITA×××NM

Qualifying Round, Group B (15 August 2008 — 12:10)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
111Szymon ZiółkowskiPOL79.5579.55
217Primož KozmusSLO79.4479.44
316Ivan TsikanBLR79.2679.26
413Olli-Pekka KarjalainenFIN77.0775.49×77.07
514Vadzim DzeviatouskiBLR76.9573.3976.5676.95
66Libor CharfreitagSVK76.6176.03×76.61
74Jim SteacyCAN76.3276.32×75.01
83Nicola VizzoniITA75.0172.82×75.01
91Artem RubankoUKR74.4774.4773.89×
105Eşref ApakTUR74.45×74.45×
1115Ali Al-ZinkawiKUW73.62×73.62×
128Igor VinichenkoRUS72.05×72.05×
139Roman RoznaMDA71.3371.3369.9970.23
147A. G. KrugerUSA71.2170.5871.21×
1510Dorian ÇollakuALB70.9869.1469.8470.98
1612Juan Ignacio CerraARG70.16×70.16×
AC2Amanmyrat HommadowTKM×××NM

Final Round (17 August 2008 — 19:10)

19/8/8Primož KozmusSLO82.0280.7582.0280.7980.6480.9880.85
28/7/7Vadzim DzeviatouskiBLR81.6179.0081.61××80.86×
34/4/6Ivan TsikanBLR81.5178.4980.5679.5978.8981.5180.87
412/6/5Krisztián ParsHUN80.9678.0580.96×80.1680.1179.83
55/5/4Koji MurofushiJPN80.7179.4780.7179.9477.9678.2277.26
62/3/3Olli-Pekka KarjalainenFIN79.5977.9279.5978.99×78.88×
77/2/2Szymon ZiółkowskiPOL79.2275.9279.2279.0779.0476.16×
81/1/1Libor CharfreitagSVK78.65×77.6276.8377.2678.65×
911Markus EsserGER77.1074.56×77.10
106Andraš HaklićCRO76.58×75.7876.58
113Dilshod NazarovTJK76.5472.9776.54×
1210Jim SteacyCAN75.7275.7275.5474.06