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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Men's Hammer Throw

 

 

Host City: Osaka, Japan Format: Qualifying round (77.00 or top 12 to final) (Aug 25)
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007
Nations participating: 200
Athletes participating: 1,978
    Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF    
In 2005 Tikhon had opened the final with two fouls, and in 2007 he did exactly the same. On this occasion he then threw 79.35 to move a metre ahead of Karjalainen for the all-important eighth place. Immediately before Tikhon, Kozmus had thrown 82.12 to overtake Devyatovski and Charfreitag. The latter two improved in the next two rounds, the Belarusian with 81.22 and 81.57, and Charfreitag with 81.60. Meanwhile, Tikhon had managed his first 80m throw of the day in round five, with 80.77. The final round saw four of the top eight improve, Pars leading off with 80.93, followed by Murofushi’s 80.46. Then came Tikhon. A fast balanced series of turns saw the twice crowned champion hurling the hammer out to 83.63, with television catching Tikhon’s exhortations as the implement flew. The throw was the longest of 2007. Kozmus responded magnificently, missing his national record by one centimetre with 82.29. As detailed in the report for Helsinki 2005, Tikhon has been retroactively disqualified for doping for two years up to August 21, 2006. He kept his title from Osaka.
 The Men's Hammer Throw event at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics took place on 25 August 2007 (qualification) and 27 August 2007 (final) at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan.

Records

Standing records prior to the 2007 World Athletics Championships
World Record  Yuriy Sedykh (URS) 86.74 m August 30, 1986 West Germany Stuttgart, West Germany
Event Record  Ivan Tsikhan (BLR) 83.89 m August 8, 2005 Finland Helsinki, Finland
Season Best  Vadim Devyatovskiy (BLR) 82.94 m July 28, 2007 Belarus Minsk, Belarus
 
  Hammer Throw 27 August
  Final

Event report: Men's Hammer Throw Final

He made it a last round cliffhanger but in the end the defending champion, Ivan Tsikhan (BLR) retained his title with a last-gasp 83.63m, a new world leading mark and his third World title in a row.

Silver went to Slovenia’s Primus Kozmus for their first ever World championship medal while Libor Charfreitag did likewise for Slovakia.

Despite the expectation in the crowd, the host country’s Koji Murofushi could manage no better than sixth, but with a season’s best of 80.46.

Belarus champion, Vadim Devyatovsky, opened the proceedings but it was Kozmus who gave the crowd the first 80m-throw when the hammer touched down at 80.68.

Right from the off, Tsikhan’s timing was out and as his first effort flew outside the sector he punched his hand in frustration.

The first round is an occasion for making your mark. Miloslav Konopka (SVK) succeeded but not in the way he would have wanted. Losing his balance on release, the hammer shot through the netting across the track and into the long jump pit on the back straight.

While officials carried out running repairs on the cage, the most unusual interlude ensued. In the land of karaoke, the organisers put on YMCA by the Village People and the stadium joined in. Field eventers are used to having their competitions interrupted, but this was unexpected. The throwers were studies in frustration, resignation or amusement.

As battle resumed Devyatovskiy made up for his initial faux pas by taking the lead with 80.95, but there was a whiff of failure in the air as Tsikhan repeated his first round mistake, the hammer landing outside the sector.

With only one throw remaining before the last four were ejected from the competition, he would have to gamble everything on his next and possibly last chance.

Charfreitag, leader of the qualification round, then set a new season’s best 80.93 to move into silver.

The third round saw evidence of the first quality throw as Kozmus winged the implement out to 82.12, but there was just as much excitement over what would happen next as Tsikhan got out of jail, sending the hammer straight down the middle this time for a safe 79.35. Now he could build.

To the delight of the crowd Murofushi went over 80m for the first time this season with yet another best for the year of 80.38 to improve to fourth.

Devyatovskiy then bettered his mark to 81.22 while an anxious looking Tsikhan edged out to 80.77, shunting aside Murofushi.

Charfeitag pulled out his bronze medal winning throw of 81.60 while Devyatovskiy improved to 81.57 which in the end was only good enough for fourth.

So the stage was set for the finale and Tsikhan performed his last gasp act to take the gold medal.

Osaka 2007 News Team/mb

1 Ivan Tikhon BLR 24 Jul 76 83.63
2 Primoz Kozmus SLO 30 Sep 79 82.29
3 Libor Charfreitag SVK 11 Sep 77 81.60
4 Vadim Devyatovski BLR 20 Mar 77 81.57
5 Krisztian Pars HUN 18 Feb 82 80.93
6 Koji Murofushi JPN 8 Oct 74 80.46
7 Szymon Ziolkowski POL 1 Jul 76 80.09
8 Markus Esser GER 3 Feb 80 79.66
9 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen FIN 7 Mar 80 78.35
10 Miloslav Konopka SVK 23 Jan 79 78.09
11 Esref Apak TUR 3 Jan 82 76.59
12 Mohamed Ali Al-Zankawi KUW 27 Feb 84 76.04
Final Team dist. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
1 Ivan Tsikhan BLR 83.63m X X 79.35 X 80.77 83.63
2 Primoz Kozmus SLO 82.29m 80.68 79.62 82.12 X X 82.29
3 Libor Charfreitag SVK 81.60m X 80.93 79.10 76.88 81.60 80.48
4 Vadim Devyatovskiy BLR 81.57m 76.28 80.95 X 81.22 81.57 81.20
5 Krisztian Pars HUN 80.93m 78.29 79.49 79.55 79.63 77.29 80.93
6 Koji Murofushi JPN 80.46m 76.94 79.46 80.38 79.56 80.13 80.46
7 Szymon Ziolkowski POL 80.09m 79.81 80.09 78.58 79.87 X 77.53
8 Markus Esser GER 79.66m 78.67 79.66 78.37 X 79.19 79.46
9 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen FIN 78.35m 78.15 78.27 78.35
10 Miloslav Konopka SVK 78.09m X 78.09 X
11 Esref Apak TUR 76.59m 75.67 X 76.59
12 Ali Mohamed Al-Zinkawi KUW 76.04m X 72.88 76.04
  Qualification 25 August

Event report: Men’s Hammer Throw Qualifying

All the favourites survived intact from the qualifying round of the men’s hammer, the performances headed by the only 80m throw of the evening which came from Slovakia’s Libor Charfreitag. That was ably backed up by his compatriot Miloslav Konopka who set a season’s best 79.83m, the second longest.

This year’s world leader and Helsinki silver medallist, Vadim Devyatovsky of Belarus, finished on 79.30m while defending champion and fellow Belarussian, Ivan Tsikhan, was untroubled.

In group A, Charfreitag made no mistake with his first throw, easily clearing the band marking the automatic qualifying distance at 77m. He threw 80.61m to become the first to head back to the dressing room. The only other thrower to qualify from round one was Hungary’s former World Youth Champion, Krisztian Pars, who sent the implement out to 79.11m.

There was a good deal of anticipation when the home favourite, Olympic champion Koji Murofushi, stepped into the ring, but his first effort fell disappointingly short at 73.11m. He made amends in round two, though, when to the relief of the crowd the hammer cleared the yellow tape, landing at 77.25m.

The only other thrower to qualify directly from this group was Devyatovsky who required two attempts to proceed by right to the final.

In group B, there were three qualifiers from the first round – Konopka, Primoz Kozmus of Slovania and Tsikhan. The 2000 Olympic champion, Szymon Ziolkowski of Poland, got it right in round two, going out to 78.90m. Finland’s European silver medallist, Olli-Pekka Karjalainen, squeezed through in 11th overall.

Osaka 2007 News Team/mb

1 Libor Charfreitag SVK 11 Sep 77 80.61 Q
2 Miloslav Konopka SVK 23 Jan 79 79.83 Q
3 Vadim Devyatovski BLR 20 Mar 77 79.30 Q
4 Krisztian Pars HUN 18 Feb 82 79.11 Q
5 Szymon Ziolkowski POL 1 Jul 76 78.90 Q
6 Primoz Kozmus SLO 30 Sep 79 77.93 Q
7 Ivan Tikhon BLR 24 Jul 76 77.75 Q
8 Koji Murofushi JPN 8 Oct 74 77.25 Q
9 Mohamed Ali Al-Zankawi KUW 27 Feb 84 76.49 q
10 Markus Esser GER 3 Feb 80 76.36 q
11 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen FIN 7 Mar 80 76.12 q
12 Esref Apak TUR 3 Jan 82 75.27 q
13 Jim Steacy CAN 29 May 84 74.11
14 Igors Sokolovs LAT 17 Aug 74 73.92
15 Yevhen Vynohradov UKR 30 Apr 84 73.87
16 Nicola Vizzoni ITA 4 Jan 73 73.64
17 A.G. Kruger USA 18 Feb 79 73.19
18 Andras Haklits CRO 23 Sep 77 73.04
19 Mohsen Anani EGY 21 May 85 72.93
20 David Soderberg FIN 11 Aug 79 72.45
21 Dilshod Nazarov TJK 6 May 82 71.70
22 Alexandros Papadimitriou GRE 18 Jun 73 71.58
23 Cosmin Sorescu ROU 11 Jul 75 71.49
24 Chris Harmse RSA 31 May 73 71.07
25 Aleksey Zagorniy RUS 31 May 78 70.94
26 Hiroaki Doi JPN 2 Dec 78 69.89
27 Dorian Collaku ALB 2 Jun 77 68.30
28 Fatih Eryildirim
TUR 1 Mar 79 67.87
Kibwe Johnson USA 17 Jul 81 NM
 
Group A 19:30 Team dist. 1. 2. 3.
1 Libor Charfreitag SVK 80.61m 80.61
2 Vadim Devyatovskiy BLR 79.30m 76.85 79.30
3 Krisztián Pars HUN 79.11m 79.11
4 Koji Murofushi JPN 77.25m 73.11 77.25
5 Esref Apak TUR 75.27m 75.27 73.34 74.04
6 James Steacy CAN 74.11m 74.11 X 73.07
7 Yevhen Vynohradov UKR 73.87m 71.15 73.87 X
8 Nicola Vizzoni ITA 73.64m 71.58 73.64 71.79
9 András Haklits CRO 73.04m 71.75 X 73.04
10 Mohsen El Anany EGY 72.93m 72.93 X 69.67
11 David Söderberg FIN 72.45m X 71.25 72.45
12 Dilshod Nazarov TJK 71.70m 71.70 70.71 X
13 Dorian Collaku ALB 68.30m 66.63 68.30 63.86
- Kibwe Johnson USA NM X X
Group B 21:00 Team dist. 1. 2. 3.
1 Miloslav Konopka SVK 79.83m X 79.83
2 Szymon Ziolkowski POL 78.90m 73.87 78.90
3 Primož Kozmus SLO 77.93m 77.93
4 Ivan Tsikhan BLR 77.75m X 77.75
5 Ali Mohamed Al-Zinkawi KUW 76.49m X 76.49 X
6 Markus Esser GER 76.36m 76.36 74.12 X
7 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen FIN 76.12m 75.04 X 76.12
8 Igors Sokolovs LAT 73.92m X 72.95 73.92
9 A.G. Kruger USA 73.19m 73.19 69.39 X
10 Alexandros Papadimitrrou GRE 71.58m 71.58 X X
11 Cosmin Sorescu ROU 71.49m 70.43 71.49 69.42
12 Chris Harmse RSA 71.07m 71.07 X X
13 Aleksey Zagornyi RUS 70.94m X X 70.94
14 Hiroaki Doi JPN 69.89m 67.57 69.89 X
15 Fatih Eryildirim TUR 67.87m 67.87 67.62 66.09

Event preview: Men's Hammer Throw

This is one of the host country's main hopes for a medal. Although Koji Murofushi has not breached 80 metres this year, the Olympic champion will have home turf advantage.

But he will be up against the might of Belarus hammer throwing in the person of defending champion, Ivan Tikhon (season's best 82.58m) and national champion, Vadim Devyatovski (sb 82.94).

Other men over 80m this season are Slovenia's Primoz Kosmu, Hungary's Kristian Pars, Slovakia's Libor Charfeitag, Zymon Ziolkowski, Poland's 2000 Olympic champion and bronze medallist in Helsinki, and Turkey's Esref Apak, who took the bronze at the Athens Olympics.

Osaka 2007 News Team

Group A 25 AUG 2007 19:30

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 1015 Libor Charfreitag SVK SVK 81.81 80.87
2 1044 Dilshod Nazarov TJK TJK 78.89 78.89
3 370 Vadim Devyatovskiy BLR BLR 84.90 82.94
4 1110 Kibwe Johnson USA USA 78.25 75.95
5 672 Krisztián Pars HUN HUN 82.45 81.40
6 1077 Yevhen Vynohradov UKR UKR 76.51 76.51
7 750 Koji Murofushi JPN JPN 84.86 79.24
8 704 Nicola Vizzoni ITA ITA 80.50 78.21
9 1058 Esref Apak TUR TUR 81.45 80.31
10 494 Mohsen Mohamed Anani EGY EGY 75.31 74.57
11 304 Dorian Collaku ALB ALB 75.78 69.87
12 430 James Steacy CAN CAN 77.38 77.38
13 456 András Haklits CRO CRO 80.41 77.57
14 552 David Söderberg FIN FIN 78.83 77.18

Group B 25 AUG 2007 21:00

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 655 Alexandros Papadimitriou GRE GRE 80.45 75.93
2 935 Chris Harmse RSA RSA 80.63 76.73
3 731 Hiroaki Doi JPN JPN 74.08 74.08
4 547 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen FIN FIN 83.30 78.00
5 1059 Fatih Eryildirim TUR TUR 75.03 73.04
6 375 Ivan Tikhon BLR BLR 84.46 82.58
7 1019 Miloslav Konopka SVK SVK 81.33 79.63
8 982 Aleksey Zagornyi RUS RUS 83.43 79.12
9 929 Cosmin Sorescu ROU ROU 76.46 74.09
10 1111 A.G. Kruger USA USA 79.26 78.10
11 795 Ali Mohamed Al-Zankawi KUW KUW 77.07 77.07
12 801 Igors Sokolovs LAT LAT 76.22 76.22
13 619 Markus Esser GER GER 81.10 80.68
14 993 Primož Kozmus SLO SLO 82.30 82.30
15 908 Szymon Ziólkowski POL POL 83.38 80.70
 

 

 

 

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