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2003 World Championships in Athletics Paris, France

2003 9th IAAF World Championships - Paris - Men's Hammer Throw

 

 

Host City: Saint-Denis, Paris, France Format: Qualifying round (78.00 or top 12 to final) (Aug 23)
Dates: 23 August – 31 August
Nations participating: 198
Athletes participating: 1679
    Main venue: Stade de France
Overview by IAAF   Paris Saint Denis stadium 
The three-time silver medallist Astapkovich won the qualifying round at 79.66. In the final he had three no-throws, but Belarus still provided the champion in Tikhon, whose greatest previous honour had been a close fourth place at the Sydney Olympics. Tikhon’s entry form for Paris revealed that he had thrown a personal best of 84.34 in Minsk on August 8. Murofushi had an even better seasonal best (84.86), but was hampered with a elbow injury. It was the Japanese who led after round one with 79.97 though Tikhon had a foul throw which landed further than that. In the second round the Belarusian – coached by former champion Sergey Litvinov – clicked with 80.69. That would have been enough for victory, yet the 27 year old progressed to 81.77 in the third and 83.05 in the sixth. “I dedicate this victory to my son,” said the winner
 These are the official results of the Men's Hammer Throw event at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, France. There were a total number of 26 participating athletes, with the final held on Monday 25 August 2003.
 
  Hammer Throw 25 August
  Final

Event Report Men Hammer Throw Final

The result of the Men's Hammer Throw final went down to the wire this evening, with Belarussian Ivan TIKHON claiming the title ahead of a fast finishing Adrian ANNUS (HUN).

Ranked number two in the world this year, Tikhon outclassed his opponents, setting up an unassailable lead with his second attempt. Under no pressure, and with the gold medal already secured, Tikhon let loose with a huge final throw of 83.05m to miss the Championship Record by just 33cm.

Whilst the gold medal always looked safe, it was an intriguing contest for the minor medals. The silver looked to be going to Japan's record holder, Koji MUROFUSHI after he threw 80.12m on his fifth attempt, but it was a big final effort by former world number one Annus, to register 80.36m, relegating Murofushi to the bronze medal position.

The fourth round was somewhat controversial, with the Electronic Distance Measurement equipment appearing to fail when it registered an 82.55m throw to Alexandros PAPADIMITIROU (GRE), seemingly putting him into the lead, when the hammer clearly fell short of the 80m mark. Papadimitriou was asked to re-throw at the end of the round.

Both Andriy SKVARUK (UKR) and Slovenia's first Olympic hammer thrower, Primoz KOZMUS, threw 79.68m and finished the competition fourth and fifth repectively on countback.

Leading qualifier and Barcelona silver medallist, Igor ASTAPKOVICH (BLR) failed to make the cut after three rounds by fouling each attempt.

1 Ivan Tikhon BLR 24 Jul 76 83.05
2 Adrián Annus HUN 28 Jun 74 80.36
3 Koji Murofushi JPN 8 Oct 74 80.12
4 Andriy Skvaruk UKR 9 Mar 67 79.68
5 Primož Kozmus SLO 30 Sep 79 79.68
6 Ilya Konovalov RUS 14 Mar 71 78.55
7 Vadim Devyatovski BLR 20 Mar 77 78.13
8 Aléxandros Papadimitríou GRE 18 Jun 73 77.79
9 Miloslav Konopka SVK 23 Jan 79 75.86
10 Stuart Rendell AUS 30 Jun 72 75.72
11 Nicolas Figère FRA 19 May 79 74.06
Igor Astapkovich BLR 4 Jan 63 NM
Final 18.00h Team Dist. 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Ivan Tikhon BLR 83.05m X 80.69 81.77 X X 83.05
2 Adrian Annus HUN 80.36m 77.26 78.48 79.22 79.01 78.49 80.36
3 Koji Murofushi JPN 80.12m 79.87 78.64 79.99 79.91 80.12 79.07
4 Andriy Skvaruk UKR 79.68m 78.80 79.68 77.70 X X X
5 Primoz Kozmus SLO 79.68m 78.16 X 78.00 74.76 78.72 79.68
6 Ilya Konovalov RUS 78.55m 76.49 X 76.06 76.81 76.10 78.55
7 Vadim Devyatovskiy BLR 78.13m 78.13 76.81 77.63 X 73.99 X
8 Alexandros Papadimitriou GRE 77.79m 75.62 77.79 77.05 77.70 X 75.62
9 Miloslav Konopka SVK 75.86m 75.86 75.18 X
10 Stuart Rendell AUS 75.72m 73.14 75.72 75.54
11 Nicolas Figere FRA 74.06m 73.97 70.98 74.06
- Igor Astapkovich BLR NM X X X
  Qualification 23 August

Men Hammer Throw Qualification

The qualifying rounds of the men's Hammer Throw brought few suprises this morning as the pre-event favourites advanced easily to Monday's final. 

Eight throwers reached the qualifying distance of 78.00m, with Olympic bronze medallist Igor Astapkovich (BLR) producing the best effort of the day, 79.66m.

Astapkovich's teammate and Edmonton silver medallist Ivan Tikhon (BLR) threw conservatively at 79.64m, five metres below this season's best.  Pre-event favourite and this year's top hammer thrower, Koji Murofushi (JPN) did just enough to automatically qualify on his second throw with 79.45m.

Also throwing above 78.00m was four-time Slovenian champion Primoz Kozmus, plus Ukraine's Andriy Skvaruk, Ilya Konovalov (RUS), Vadim Devyatovskiy (BLR)and Hungarian's former European champion Adrian Annus.

Crowd favourite Nicolas Figere (FRA) narrowly made the top 12 with his first throw of 76.79m, whilst teammate Christohe Epalle, despite rallying crowd support, failed to put a dent in the leaders' confidence, unlike a few stray hammers which dented the home straight of the track.

The only real suprise of the round was the elimination of Slovakia's Libor Charfreitag, missing out on the final by just 4cm to Australia's seven-time national champion, Stuart Rendell.

  Group A
1 Igor Astapkovich BLR 4 Jan 63 79.66 Q
2 Koji Murofushi JPN 8 Oct 74 79.45 Q
3 Ilya Konovalov RUS 14 Mar 71 78.45 Q
4 Primož Kozmus SLO 30 Sep 79 78.10 Q
5 Aléxandros Papadimitríou GRE 18 Jun 73 77.53 q
6 Nicolas Figère FRA 19 May 79 76.79 q
7 Libor Charfreitag SVK 11 Sep 77 76.52
8 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen FIN 7 Mar 80 76.20
9 Nicola Vizzoni ITA 4 Jan 73 75.76
10 Maciej Pałyszko POL 4 Jan 78 75.42
11 Péter Botfa HUN 30 Jun 79 74.75
12 Sergey Kirmasov RUS 25 Mar 70 74.17
13 Oleksandr Krykun UKR 1 Mar 68 73.58
  Group B
1 Ivan Tikhon BLR 24 Jul 76 79.64 Q
2 Andriy Skvaruk UKR 9 Mar 67 78.50 Q
3 Adrián Annus HUN 28 Jun 74 78.20 Q
4 Vadim Devyatovski BLR 20 Mar 77 78.12 Q
5 Miloslav Konopka SVK 23 Jan 79 76.58 q
6 Stuart Rendell AUS 30 Jun 72 76.56 q
7 Vladyslav Piskunov UKR 7 Jun 78 75.65
8 Karsten Kobs GER 16 Sep 71 75.55
9 Aleksey Zagorniy RUS 31 May 78 73.30
10 Christophe Épalle FRA 23 Jan 69 72.82
11 Juan Ignacio Cerra ARG 16 Oct 76 72.70
12 Wojciech Kondratowicz POL 18 Apr 80 70.79
Vladimír Maška CZE 6 Feb 73 DNS
 
Group A 9.30h Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Igor Astapkovich BLR 79.66m 77.11 77.48 79.66
2 Koji Murofushi JPN 79.45m 77.50 79.45
3 Ilya Konovalov RUS 78.45m 78.45
4 Primoz Kozmus SLO 78.10m X 76.88 78.10
5 Alexandros Papadimitriou GRE 77.53m 75.82 77.53 75.95
6 Nicolas Figere FRA 76.79m 76.79 76.26 X
7 Libor Charfreitag SVK 76.52m 76.52 76.14 X
8 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen FIN 76.20m X 76.20 75.79
9 Nicola Vizzoni ITA 75.76m 74.25 73.86 75.76
10 Maciej Palyszko POL 75.42m 75.20 X 75.42
11 Peter Botfa HUN 74.75m 73.10 74.75 74.74
12 Sergey Kirmasov RUS 74.17m X 74.17 72.91
13 Oleksandr Krykun UKR 73.58m 70.38 72.97 73.58
Group B 11.00h Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Ivan Tikhon BLR 79.64m X 79.64
2 Andriy Skvaruk UKR 78.50m 76.77 78.50
3 Adrian Annus HUN 78.20m 78.20
4 Vadim Devyatovskiy BLR 78.12m 75.07 76.46 78.12
5 Miloslav Konopka SVK 76.58m 76.58 73.55 75.81
6 Stuart Rendell AUS 76.56m 75.57 76.56 X
7 Vladyslav Piskunov UKR 75.65m 73.43 74.73 75.65
8 Karsten Kobs GER 75.55m 75.21 74.90 75.55
9 Aleksey Zagornyi RUS 73.30m X 72.36 73.30
10 Christophe Epalle FRA 72.82m X 72.82 X
11 Juan Ignacio Cerra ARG 72.70m 72.70 X 71.86
12 Wojciech Kondratowicz POL 70.79m X 70.79 X
- Vladimir Maska CZE DNS

Group A 23 AUG 2003 09:30

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 716 Nicola Vizzoni ITA ITA 80.50 77.69
2 639 Péter Botfa HUN HUN 80.67 80.67
3 467 Nicolas Figère FRA FRA 80.88 78.50
4 1172 Ilya Konovalov RUS RUS 82.28 82.28
5 774 Koji Murofushi JPN JPN 84.86 84.86
6 1272 Libor Charfreitag SVK SVK 81.81 81.81
7 1089 Maciej Palyszko POL POL 80.89 80.89
8 125 Igor Astapkovich BLR BLR 84.62 81.35
9 1171 Sergey Kirmasov RUS RUS 82.62 79.62
10 608 Alexandros Papadimitriou GRE GRE 80.45 79.52
11 1234 Primož Kozmus SLO SLO 81.21 81.21
12 442 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen FIN FIN 81.70 80.20
13 1353 Oleksandr Krykun UKR UKR 81.59 79.35

Group B 23 AUG 2003 11:00

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2003
1 1274 Miloslav Konopka SVK SVK 79.98 78.44
2 1358 Andriy Skvaruk UKR UKR 82.62 81.74
3 141 Ivan Tikhon BLR BLR 84.32 84.32
4 1198 Aleksey Zagornyi RUS RUS 83.43 80.13
5 62 Stuart Rendell AUS AUS 79.29 79.20
6 330 Vladimír Maška CZE CZE 81.28 78.34
7 1356 Vladyslav Piskunov UKR UKR 82.23 78.57
8 1084 Wojciech Kondratowicz POL POL 81.35 81.35
9 466 Christophe Épalle FRA FRA 81.79 80.44
10 31 Juan Ignacio Cerra ARG ARG 76.42 76.32
11 573 Karsten Kobs GER GER 82.78 80.83
12 637 Adrián Annus HUN HUN 84.19 84.19
13 133 Vadim Devyatovskiy BLR BLR 81.36 79.90
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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