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Hammer Throw, Men

Date31 July 1948
StatusOlympic
LocationEmpire Stadium, Wembley, London
Participants24 from 17 countries

Two weeks before the Olympics, Hungary’s Imre Németh threw 59.02 (193-7¾) for a world record at a pre-Olympic meeting in Tata. With Germany not invited to compete in the 1948 Olympics, he was a heavy favorite as only the Germans were close to him on recent performances. A challenged was expected from the 1946 European champion, Bo Ericsson, but that never materialized. Németh had the three longest throws of the competition. He led from round one, secured the gold medal in round two, and had his best throw of 56.07 (183-11½) in the final round. In 1976, Németh’s son, Miklós Németh, emulated his father by winning gold in the javelin throw.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifyingFinal
1583Imre NémethHUN54.02 (1)56.07 (1)Gold
2596Ivan GubijanYUG50.44 (8)54.27 (2)Silver
3593Bob BennettUSA51.13 (5)53.73 (3)Bronze
4595Sam FeltonUSA49.20 (13)53.66 (4)
5576Lauri TamminenFIN49.82 (10)53.08 (5)
6590Bo EricssonSWE52.28 (3)52.98 (6)
7586Teseo TaddiaITA51.06 (6)51.74 (7)
8591Einar SöderqvistSWE52.39 (2)51.48 (8)
9594Henry DreyerUSA50.37 (9)51.37 (9)
10574Svend Aage FrederiksenDEN51.35 (4)50.07 (10)
11579Duncan ClarkGBR49.76 (11)48.35 (11)
12582Hans HoutzagerNED50.91 (7)45.69 (12)
13536Gin Gang-HwanKOR49.49 (12)43.93 (13)
14 r1/2577Reino KuivamäkiFIN48.99 (14)
15 r1/2573Poul CederquistDEN48.16 (15)
16 r1/2580Ewan DouglasGBR47.77 (16)
17 r1/2581Norman DrakeGBR47.75 (17)
18 r1/2578Pierre LegrainFRA47.60 (18)
19 r1/2575Dan CoyleIRL47.11 (19)
20 r1/2571Juan FuséARG46.95 (20)
21 r1/2572Edmundo ZúñigaCHI44.03 (21)
22 r1/2Jaroslav KnotekTCH42.46 (22)1
23 r1/2585 SomnathIND41.36 (23)
24 r1/2587Francisco GonzálezMEX39.50 (24)
DNS530Aad de BruynNED– (DNS)
DNS584Lajos PetikoHUN– (DNS)
DNS592Toma BalciTUR– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (31 July 1948 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 49.00 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCDistance
1Imre NémethHUN54.02Q
2Einar SöderqvistSWE52.39Q
3Bo EricssonSWE52.28Q
4Svend Aage FrederiksenDEN51.35Q
5Bob BennettUSA51.13Q
6Teseo TaddiaITA51.06Q
7Hans HoutzagerNED50.91Q
8Ivan GubijanYUG50.44Q
9Henry DreyerUSA50.37Q
10Lauri TamminenFIN49.82Q
11Duncan ClarkGBR49.76Q
12Gin Gang-HwanKOR49.49Q
13Sam FeltonUSA49.20Q
14Reino KuivamäkiFIN48.99
15Poul CederquistDEN48.16
16Ewan DouglasGBR47.77
17Norman DrakeGBR47.75
18Pierre LegrainFRA47.60
19Dan CoyleIRL47.11
20Juan FuséARG46.95
21Edmundo ZúñigaCHI44.03
22Jaroslav KnotekTCH42.462
23 SomnathIND41.36
24Francisco GonzálezMEX39.50
DNSAad de BruynNED
DNSLajos PetikoHUN
DNSToma BalciTUR

Qualifying Round, Group A (31 July 1948 — 10:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
19Bo EricssonSWE52.28
211Svend Aage FrederiksenDEN51.3547.7251.35
31Bob BennettUSA51.1351.13--
48Henry DreyerUSA50.37×50.37-
53Duncan ClarkGBR49.76
610Sam FeltonUSA49.2049.20--
72Poul CederquistDEN48.1646.72
86Ewan DouglasGBR47.7745.9147.77
97Norman DrakeGBR47.7547.6047.3647.75
105Dan CoyleIRL47.1147.11
1112Juan FuséARG46.9545.7746.3146.95
1213Edmundo ZúñigaCHI44.0344.0343.9342.22
DNS4Aad de BruynNED

Qualifying Round, Group B (31 July 1948)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
17Imre NémethHUN54.0254.02--
29Einar SöderqvistSWE52.3952.39--
311Teseo TaddiaITA51.0651.06--
43Hans HoutzagerNED50.9150.91--
52Ivan GubijanYUG50.4450.44--
612Lauri TamminenFIN49.8249.82--
74Gin Gang-HwanKOR49.4939.0349.49-
85Reino KuivamäkiFIN48.9947.84×48.99
96Pierre LegrainFRA47.6044.0345.7047.60
1014Jaroslav KnotekTCH42.4640.9742.463
1110 SomnathIND41.36×41.36×
121Francisco GonzálezMEX39.5036.6739.2039.50
DNS8Lajos PetikoHUN
DNS13Toma BalciTUR

Final Round (31 July 1948 — 15:30)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceR1R2R3R4R5R6
110Imre NémethHUN56.0753.5955.4454.9450.05×56.07
28Ivan GubijanYUG54.27××54.2751.7654.22×
31Bob BennettUSA53.7352.5351.1152.0853.7351.2149.81
45Sam FeltonUSA53.66
513Lauri TamminenFIN53.08
64Bo EricssonSWE52.98
712Teseo TaddiaITA51.74
811Einar SöderqvistSWE51.48
93Henry DreyerUSA51.37
106Svend Aage FrederiksenDEN50.07
112Duncan ClarkGBR48.35
129Hans HoutzagerNED45.69
137Gin Gang-HwanKOR43.93