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Hammer Throw, Men

Date14 July 1912
StatusOlympic
LocationStockholms Olympiastadion, Stockholm
Participants14 from 4 countries

Since the late 1890’s, the hammer throw had been dominated by the Irish-born American John Flanagan. He had won three Olympic gold medals (1900, 1904, 1908), won seven AAU Championships (1897-99, 1901-02, 1906-07), and set 15 world records. But since 1907 he had had competition from American Matt McGrath, who had finished second to Flanagan at the 1908 Olympics.

McGrath had one of the longest careers of any track & field athlete ever. He finished second in the 1907 AAU Meet, and last competed in that meet in 1928, finishing fifth at 48 years old. He competed in the Olympic hammer throw four times - 1908 (2nd), 1912 (1st), 1920 (5th), and 1924 (2nd). He set two world records, one in 1907 and one in 1911. At Stockholm, McGrath was absolutely dominant. He won the event with 54.74, a margin of 6.35 metres over Canada’s Duncan Gillis. McGrath had four measured throws, the shortest of which was 4.44 metres longer than Gillis’s best mark.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1Matt McGrathUSA54.13 (1)54.74 (1)GoldOR
2Duncan GillisCAN48.39 (2)47.24 (2)Silver
3Clarence ChildsUSA48.17 (3)– (AC)Bronze
4Robert OlssonSWE46.50 (4)
5Carl Johan LindSWE45.61 (5)
6Denis CareyGBR43.78 (6)
7Nils LindeSWE43.32 (7)
=8Ralph RoseUSA42.58 (9)
=8Carl JahnzonSWE42.58 (8)
10Arvid ÅbergSWE41.11 (10)
11Gunnar JohnsonSWE39.92 (11)
12Benjamin ShermanUSA38.77 (12)
13Viktor HackbergSWE38.44 (13)
ACSimon GillisUSA– (AC)NM
DNSErik LarssonSWE
DNSWill ZieglerUSA
DNSJohn HookerUSA
DNSHarold MardenUSA
DNSAlfred TilleyUSA
DNSHans TronnerAUT
DNSMiroslav ŠusteraBOH
DNSTom NicolsonGBR
DNSIstván MudinHUN
DNSMarcel PelletierLUX

Qualifying Round (14 July 1912 — 13:30)

Qualifiers were seperated into two groups. Top three throwers qualified for the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Matt McGrathUSA54.13QOR
2Duncan GillisCAN48.39Q
3Clarence ChildsUSA48.17Q
4Robert OlssonSWE46.50
5Carl Johan LindSWE45.61
6Denis CareyGBR43.78
7Nils LindeSWE43.32
8Carl JahnzonSWE42.58
9Ralph RoseUSA42.58
10Arvid ÅbergSWE41.11
11Gunnar JohnsonSWE39.92
12Benjamin ShermanUSA38.77
13Viktor HackbergSWE38.44
ACSimon GillisUSANM

Qualifying Round, Group A (14 July 1912 — 13:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
1Clarence ChildsUSA48.1748.17××
2Robert OlssonSWE46.5039.5646.50×
3Carl Johan LindSWE45.6145.06×45.61
4Denis CareyGBR43.7838.9943.78×
5Carl JahnzonSWE42.5839.1842.58×
6Arvid ÅbergSWE41.11××41.11
7Gunnar JohnsonSWE39.9238.6639.92×
8Benjamin ShermanUSA38.7738.71×38.77

Qualifying Round, Group B (14 July 1912 — 13:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
1Matt McGrathUSA54.1354.13××OR
2Duncan GillisCAN48.3946.17×48.39
3Nils LindeSWE43.3243.32××
4Ralph RoseUSA42.58×40.8042.58
5Viktor HackbergSWE38.44××38.44
ACSimon GillisUSA×NM

Final Round (14 July 1912 — 15:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3
1Matt McGrathUSA54.7452.8353.9054.74OR
2Duncan GillisCAN47.24×47.24×
ACClarence ChildsUSA×××NM