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Hammer Throw, Men

Date20 – 22 August 2004
LocationOlympiako Stadio, Olympiako Athletiko Kentro Athinon Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Participants35 from 24 countries
Olympic Record 84.80 / Sergey Litvinov URS / 26 September 1988

There were three favorites in 2004 – 2003 World Champion Ivan Tikhon (BLR), 2002 European Champion Adrián Annus (HUN), and Japan’s Koji Murofushi, bronze medalist at the 2003 Worlds, who had the third-longest throw ever – 84.86 (278-5) in 2003. In the final, Annus led from the outset, with 80.53 (264-2½) in round one, and 82.32 (270-1) in round two. In the third round, he improved to 83.19 (272-11¼), the best mark of the competition. Murofushi was second throughout, getting his best mark of 82.91 (272-0¼) in the final round, seeming to win the silver medal. Annus then passed his drug tests both before and after the competition, but after the disqualification of Róbert Fazekas from the discus, his training partner with whom he shared a coach, he was called back for another test. Annus was back in Hungary and refused to return for another test. Analysis of his samples revealed that they came from two different people and he was disqualified, the gold medal reverting to Murofushi.

And the doping story of this event did not end there. In 2012 the IOC re-tested the drug samples from the 2004 Olympics. Tikhon’s sample was found to have the presence of a methendienone metabolite, an anabolic steroid. This was announced before the London 2012 Olympics and he was not allowed to compete, but in December 2012 he was disqualified from the 2004 Olympics and his silver medal removed. It has been decided that no further medals would be upgraded in this event and thus, the only medals awarded in the 2004 hammer throw were Murofushi’s gold medal, and a bronze medal to Eşref Apak.

12278Koji MurofushiJPN79.55 (2)82.91 (1)Gold
23143Eşref ApakTUR76.74 (8)79.51 (2)Bronze
31172Vadzim DzeviatouskiBLR76.72 (9)78.82 (3)
42085Krisztián ParsHUN80.50 (1)78.73 (4)
53013Primož KozmusSLO78.81 (3)78.56 (5)
63058Libor CharfreitagSVK77.30 (5)77.54 (6)
71902Karsten KobsGER76.69 (10)76.30 (7)
81169Ihar AstapkovichBLR76.88 (6)76.22 (8)
92206Nicola VizzoniITA76.84 (7)74.27 (9)
101877Markus EsserGER77.49 (4)72.51 (10)
11 r1/22894Ilya KonovalovRUS76.36 (11)
12 r1/22716Szymon ZiółkowskiPOL76.17 (12)
13 r1/23062Miloslav KonopkaSVK76.16 (13)
14 r1/21690Olli-Pekka KarjalainenFIN76.11 (14)
15 r1/22891Sergey KirmasovRUS75.83 (15)
16 r1/22000Alexandros PapadimitriouGRE75.55 (16)
17 r1/23180Oleksandr KrykunUKR75.42 (17)
18 r1/23191Artem RubankoUKR75.08 (18)
19 r1/23321James ParkerUSA75.04 (19)
20 r1/21433Andraš HaklićCRO74.43 (20)
21 r1/21709David SöderbergFIN74.14 (21)
22 r1/23053Patric SuterSUI73.54 (22)
23 r1/22953Yury VoronkinRUS73.47 (23)
24 r1/21086Stuart RendellAUS72.61 (24)
25 r1/21036Juan Ignacio CerraARG72.53 (25)
26 r1/22724Vítor da CostaPOR72.47 (26)
27 r1/22503Roman RoznaMDA71.78 (27)
28 r1/21506Vladimír MaškaCZE71.76 (28)
29 r1/22410Ali Al-ZinkawiKUW71.06 (29)
30 r1/21005Dorian ÇollakuALB70.06 (30)
31 r1/23366A. G. KrugerUSA69.38 (31)
AC r1/23104Dilshod NazarovTJK (AC)
AC r1/23189Vladyslav PiskunovUKR (AC)
AC1202Ivan TsikanBLR[80.78] (AC)[79.81] (AC)DQ1
AC2060Adrián AnnusHUN[79.59] (AC)[83.19] (AC)DQ2

Qualifying Round (20 August 2004)

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

1Krisztián ParsHUN80.50Q
2Koji MurofushiJPN79.55Q
3Primož KozmusSLO78.81Q
4Markus EsserGER77.49q
5Libor CharfreitagSVK77.30q
6Ihar AstapkovichBLR76.88q
7Nicola VizzoniITA76.84q
8Eşref ApakTUR76.74q
9Vadzim DzeviatouskiBLR76.72q
10Karsten KobsGER76.69q
11Ilya KonovalovRUS76.36
12Szymon ZiółkowskiPOL76.17
13Miloslav KonopkaSVK76.16
14Olli-Pekka KarjalainenFIN76.11
15Sergey KirmasovRUS75.83
16Alexandros PapadimitriouGRE75.55
17Oleksandr KrykunUKR75.42
18Artem RubankoUKR75.08
19James ParkerUSA75.04
20Andraš HaklićCRO74.43
21David SöderbergFIN74.14
22Patric SuterSUI73.54
23Yury VoronkinRUS73.47
24Stuart RendellAUS72.61
25Juan Ignacio CerraARG72.53
26Vítor da CostaPOR72.47
27Roman RoznaMDA71.78
28Vladimír MaškaCZE71.76
29Ali Al-ZinkawiKUW71.06
30Dorian ÇollakuALB70.06
31A. G. KrugerUSA69.38
ACDilshod NazarovTJKNM
ACVladyslav PiskunovUKRNM
ACAdrián AnnusHUN[79.59]QDQ3
ACIvan TsikanBLR[80.78]QDQ4

Qualifying Round, Group A (20 August 2004 — 9:15)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup A Round OneGroup A Round TwoGroup A Round Three
18Markus EsserGER77.4976.3975.2977.49
26Ihar AstapkovichBLR76.8876.7076.0876.88
317Eşref ApakTUR76.7476.74××
412Ilya KonovalovRUS76.3675.40×76.36
57Szymon ZiółkowskiPOL76.1776.1274.5576.17
69Olli-Pekka KarjalainenFIN76.11×74.5176.11
714Alexandros PapadimitriouGRE75.55××75.55
811Oleksandr KrykunUKR75.42×75.4274.37
95Patric SuterSUI73.5472.45×73.54
1016Stuart RendellAUS72.61×72.61×
1118Juan Ignacio CerraARG72.53691072.5368.64
1213Vítor da CostaPOR72.4772.4772.44×
1315Roman RoznaMDA71.78××71.78
1410Vladimír MaškaCZE71.7671.76××
153A. G. KrugerUSA69.3869.3868.03×
AC1Dilshod NazarovTJK×××NM
AC4Vladyslav PiskunovUKR[x]×[x]NM
AC2Adrián AnnusHUN[79.59][79.59][–]DQ5

Qualifying Round, Group B (20 August 2004 — 11:00)

PosOrdAthleteNOCDistanceGroup B Round OneGroup B Round TwoGroup B Round Three
12Krisztián ParsHUN80.5077.4380.50
213Koji MurofushiJPN79.5579.55
31Primož KozmusSLO78.8176.9778.81
49Libor CharfreitagSVK77.30××77.30
54Nicola VizzoniITA76.8476.8475.3575.03
67Vadzim DzeviatouskiBLR76.7271.6974.8176.72
711Karsten KobsGER76.6976.69××
83Miloslav KonopkaSVK76.1674.42×76.16
915Sergey KirmasovRUS75.8375.1273.6875.83
1017Artem RubankoUKR75.0875.08××
1110James ParkerUSA75.0473.1574.0975.04
125Andraš HaklićCRO74.43×73.5174.43
1316David SöderbergFIN74.14××74.14
1412Yury VoronkinRUS73.4773.4771.97×
158Ali Al-ZinkawiKUW71.0670.6771.0670.68
166Dorian ÇollakuALB70.0670.0669.2767.61
AC14Ivan TsikanBLR[80.78][77.85][77.12][80.78]DQ6

Final Round (22 August 2004 — 21:15)

110/7Koji MurofushiJPN82.9179.9081.6081.1682.35×82.91
24/6Eşref ApakTUR79.5175.7979.51×79.2375.1576.34
37/5Vadzim DzeviatouskiBLR78.8278.6778.82×75.4176.61×
411/3Krisztián ParsHUN78.7376.9478.1677.5578.73×77.26
56/1Primož KozmusSLO78.5675.8277.0876.4578.5677.6178.24
62/2Libor CharfreitagSVK77.5474.9377.5277.3075.6077.5473.06
71Karsten KobsGER76.3075.7275.9776.30
85Ihar AstapkovichBLR76.22××76.22
93Nicola VizzoniITA74.2774.2772.9773.02
108Markus EsserGER72.5172.51×71.31
AC9/8Adrián AnnusHUN[83.19][80.53][82.32][83.19][82.64][82.04]DQ7
AC12/4Ivan TsikanBLR[79.81][x][x][78.55][78.31][79.81][x]DQ8