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1968 Olympic Games Ciudad de México, Mexico - Men's Hammer Throw

 

 

Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 66.00 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: October 16, 1968  
Date Finished: October 17, 1968  
(Competitors: 22; Countries: 12; Finalists: 13)  
    Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Overview by IAAF    1968_olympic_stadium.jpg
Klim won the European title in 1966, and appeared to have established supremacy over Zsivótzky, although the Hungarian had improved his 1965 world record of 73.74 by 2cm a month before the Games. Klim waited till he arrived in Mexico to show his best form, when he threw 73.54. Zsivótzky responded by leading the qualifying round with an Olympic record 72.60, more than 3m ahead of the field, with Beyer (65.02), American four-time Olympians Hall (65.70) and Connolly (65.00) failing to make the 66.00 limit. No-one reached 70m in the final until Klim went 3m clear of the field with his Olympic record 72.24. He was surpassed immediately by Zsivótzky (72.26). The mighty Magyar reached 72.46 and 72.54 in the next two rounds, only to be headed by Klim’s third round 72.82. Klim lengthened his lead with a fourth round 73.28, and it appeared that the status quo was being upheld. But Zsivótzky’s confidence was high. One week before the Games he had thrown 75.30 in practice, and had been motivated by former champion Csermák. His fifth throw measured 73.36, edging Klim by just 8cm. Lovász made it a particularly good day for Hungary by edging Sugawara for bronze on the basis of a better second best throw.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The gold and silver medalists from 1964 were again favored – Romuald Klim (URS) and Gyula Zsivótzky (HUN). Zsivótzky was best on marks as the world record holder, one set only one month before the Mexico Olympics. But Klim always defeated him head-to-head, having done so nine straight times, including the 1966 European Championships. Zsivótzky opened in the final with 72.26 (237-1) to lead in round one. He improved in rounds two and three and still led, before fouling his fourth throw. Klim then moved ahead with 73.28 (240-5), but Zsivótzky answered on his fifth throw with 73.36 (240-8¼), and that would win the gold medal. Lázár Lovász (HUN) and Japan’s Takeo Sugawara tied for bronze with 69.78 (228-11¼) but Lovász won that medal based on the second longest throw (69.38-69.06).
 

Records

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Gyula Zsivótzky (HUN) 73.76 m Budapest, Hungary September 14, 1968
Olympic record  Romuald Klim (URS) 69.74 m Tokyo, Japan October 18, 1964
 
        Results          
   
Hammer Throw Men     Final 17 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 73.36     Gyula Zsivótzky Hungary HUN 31 OR  
2 73.28     Romuald Klim Soviet Union URS 35 OR  
3 69.78     Lázár Lovász Hungary HUN 26    
4 69.78     Takeo Sugawara Japan JPN 30    
5 69.46     Sándor Eckschmiedt Hungary HUN 29    
6 69.08     Gennady Kondrashov Soviet Union URS 29    
7 68.84     Reinhard Theimer East Germany GDR 20    
8 68.26     Helmuth Baumann East Germany GDR 28    
9 67.74     Anatoly Shchuplyakov Soviet Union URS 30    
10 67.62     Howard Payne Great Britain GBR 37    
11 66.36     Hans Fahsl West Germany FRG 27    
12 65.72     Ed Burke United States USA 28    
13 65.04     Yoshihisa Ishida Japan JPN 24    
Hammer Throw Men     Qualifying Round Group A 16 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 72.60     Gyula Zsivótzky Hungary HUN 31 OR  
2 68.96     Lázár Lovász Hungary HUN 26    
3 68.24     Helmuth Baumann East Germany GDR 28    
4 68.12     Reinhard Theimer East Germany GDR 20    
5 67.90     Hans Fahsl West Germany FRG 27    
6 67.76     Takeo Sugawara Japan JPN 30    
7 67.56     Gennady Kondrashov Soviet Union URS 29    
8 67.36     Ed Burke United States USA 28    
9 66.82     Romuald Klim Soviet Union URS 35    
10 66.56     Anatoly Shchuplyakov Soviet Union URS 30    
11 65.44     Uwe Beyer West Germany FRG 23    
Hammer Throw Men     Qualifying Round Group B 16 October        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 68.60     Sándor Eckschmiedt Hungary HUN 29    
2 68.06     Howard Payne Great Britain GBR 37    
3 67.16     Yoshihisa Ishida Japan JPN 24    
4 65.70     Al Hall United States USA 34    
5 65.54     Lutz Caspers West Germany FRG 25    
6 65.00     Hal Connolly United States USA 37    
7 63.40     José Luis Martínez Spain ESP 25    
8 62.40     Ernst Ammann Switzerland SUI 27    
9 60.84     Praveen Kumar India IND 20    
10 45.76     Gustavo Morales Nicaragua NCA 22    
11 37.46     Carlos Hasbún El Salvador ESA 19    

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Results

Qualifying round

Qual. rule: qualification standard 66.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Final
Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Gyula Zsivótzky Hungary 72.60 72.60 Q OR
2 A Lázár Lovász Hungary 68.96 68.96 Q
3 B Sándor Eckschmiedt Hungary 68.60 68.60 Q
4 A Helmuth Baumann East Germany 68.24 68.24 Q
5 A Reinhard Theimer East Germany 65.78 68.12 68.12 Q
6 B Howard Payne Great Britain 65.52 64.80 68.06 68.06 Q
7 A Hans Fahsl West Germany 65.80 67.90 67.90 Q
8 A Takeo Sugawara Japan 67.76 67.76 Q
9 A Gennadiy Kondrashov Soviet Union 67.56 67.56 Q
10 A Edward Burke United States 67.36 67.36 Q
11 B Yoshihisa Ishida Japan 67.16 67.16 Q
12 A Romuald Klim Soviet Union 66.82 66.82 Q
13 A Anatoly Shchuplyakov Soviet Union 64.78 66.56 66.56 Q
14 B Al Hall United States X 65.70 58.28 65.70  
15 B Lutz Caspers West Germany X 65.54 64.70 65.54  
16 A Uwe Beyer West Germany 65.02 64.88 65.44 65.44  
17 B Hal Connolly United States X X 65.00 65.00  
18 B José Luis Martínez Spain 60.60 63.40 62.84 63.40  
19 B Ernst Ammann Switzerland X 61.48 62.40 62.40  
20 B Praveen Kumar India X 59.80 60.84 60.84  
21 B Gustavo Morales Nicaragua X 43.88 45.76 45.76  
22 B Carlos Hasbún El Salvador X 37.02 37.46 37.46  
Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st Gyula Zsivótzky Hungary 72.26 72.46 72.54 X 73.36 72.22 73.36 OR
2nd Romuald Klim Soviet Union 72.24 68.96 72.82 73.28 71.16 71.64 73.28  
3rd Lázár Lovász Hungary 64.76 X 69.78 X 69.38 X 69.78 2nd best
69.38
4 Takeo Sugawara Japan 67.24 68.12 X 69.06 69.78 61.40 69.78 2nd best
69.06
5 Sándor Eckschmiedt Hungary 67.84 68.50 69.46 X 67.64 68.08 69.46  
6 Gennadiy Kondrashov Soviet Union 69.08 67.00 68.64 67.10 67.98 67.70 69.08  
7 Reinhard Theimer East Germany 68.82 X 66.16 68.84 67.86 63.54 68.84  
8 Helmuth Baumann East Germany 65.94 66.98 68.26 X 63.76 X 68.26  
9 Anatoly Shchuplyakov Soviet Union 67.58 67.74 66.90 N/A 67.74  
10 Howard Payne Great Britain 65.98 67.62 66.58 N/A 67.62  
11 Hans Fahsl West Germany X 64.00 66.36 N/A 66.36  
12 Edward Burke United States X 65.72 65.46 N/A 65.72  
13 Yoshihisa Ishida Japan 65.04 63.72 X N/A 65.04  
 
 
 

 

 

 

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