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2008 Olympic Games Beijing - Women's Hammer Throw

 

 

Host City: Beijing, China Format: Top 12 and ties and all those reaching 71.50 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 18, 2008  
Date Finished: August 20, 2008  
(Competitors: 50; Countries: 30; Finalists: 12)  
    Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Overview by IAAF    2008_olympic_stadium.jpg
After placing second in 2004, Moreno was favoured to win. She duly led the qualifiers with 73.92. Seven athletes reached the automatic qualifying level of 71.50, and 69.36 was the cut-off. Mariya Smolyachkova (BLR) therefore achieved the unwanted feat of throwing the longest-ever non-qualifying distance (69.22). Menkova was the first to exceed 70m in the final with 74.40. Zhang was nearest after the first round with 74.00, and Moreno moved into medal contention with her second round effort of 73.95. The medal places only shifted once, in the fifth round when Moreno threw 74.70. Menkova immediately responded with an Olympic record 76.34, which held off Moreno’s fine final effort of 75.20 for the gold medal. Zhang had improved to 74.32 in round two, and this was enough stay ahead of Pchelnik, who threw 73.65 in the final round.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The favorite was Cuba’s Yipsi Moreno. She had been the silver medalist at the 2005 and 2007 World Championships, the 2004 Olympics, and had the best record of the year for 2008. She led the qualifying, getting the best mark on her third attempt. The lead in the final was taken in round one by Oksana Menkova (BLR) who tossed 74.40 (244-1). That held up thru the fourth round. The early rounds saw the elimination of 2007 World Champion Betty Heidler (GER) and 2000 gold medalist Kamila Skolimowska (POL). In round five, Moreno briefly took the lead with 74.70 (245-1), but Menkova answered with 76.34 (250-5). That held up for the gold medal although Moreno improved her silver medal standing in the final round with 75.20 (246-9).
 

Records

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

World record  Tatyana Lysenko (RUS) 77.80 m Tallinn, Estonia 15 August 2006
Olympic record  Olga Kuzenkova (RUS) 75.02 m Athens, Greece 25 August 2004

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
20 August Final  Aksana Miankova (BLR) 76.34 OR
 
        Results        

The women's hammer throw event at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 18–20 August at the Beijing National Stadium.

The qualifying standards were 69.50 m (A standard) and 67.00 m (B standard).

Women's Hammer Throw - FINAL

 

This was a story of three throwers, the Olympic new comer Aksana Miankova of Belarus, who had previously failed to pass beyond the qualification round at either world or continental championship level in her career, and two ‘old’ Olympic stagers from this young event, 2000 fourth placer and 2004 silver medallist Yipsi Moreno of Cuba, and home girl Wenxiu Zhang who was 7th in Athens.

Throwing fourth of the twelfth finalists, the Belarussian, the world season leader with a mighty 77.32 national record, opened with 74.40, and so immediately we knew a serious battle awaited us.

Moreno, Cuba’s two-time World champion (2001 / 2003), tried to counter large but lost control and the hammer clanged heavily on to the gate of the throwing cage.

With credible hopes for a Chinese victory at these Games thinning by the day, Wenxiu Zhang, the World championships bronze medallist, showed the seriousness of her intent with a season’s best heave of 74.00m which caused the crowd to break out of their usual chant of “China, China, China…” and roar with approval.

Ding, ding, that was end of round one, in boxing parlance! Belarus led China, with Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk making a very brief appearance in the medal frame in third with 69.39. She was to improve to 71.56 in round three but by that time the battle for medals was into a different territory altogether.

With Miankova fouling on her second, Moreno confirmed her quality with a 73.95 release to put herself in the top three, and that ultimately was the medallists confirmed though a positional change among these three was to occur in the fifth round.

Wenxiu Zhang, on her second, set the stadium vibrating, her spin in the circle brought thunderous applause. Had the Asian record holder gone into the lead? No, with 74.32 she was agonisingly eight centimetres short of her goal.

This was always going to be a great competition for distances, considering the high powered season this discipline has enjoyed this summer. 70m has largely now been replaced by 74m as the bench mark of top throwing in this young and fast developing event which celebrated its first Olympic presence in Sydney 2000.

Hindsight is very useful, as of course at the time everything was still to play for especially with World champion Betty Heidler in the ring. However, the German was never on tune today and after fouling twice she progressed to 70.06, which left her in ninth and out of contention. Poland’s 2000 Olympic champion Kamila Skolimowska was having an even worse time, never managing to register a mark!

The Chinese continued to compile a superbly balanced series with 73.40 and 73.50 in the third and fourth rounds but all serious thoughts of the gold for the host nation evaporated in the penultimate round. First Moreno’s hammer descended 30 centimetres beyond Miankova's best, and after the Chinese had thrown 70.75 – again accompanied by a huge roar – Miankova regained her lead with a 76.34 hit which ended the round.

The distance at which Miankova’s effort impacted the turf beyond the last marked sector line was impressive enough to dampen the crowd’s enthusiasm even before the mark was registered on the scoreboard.

Only eight women including the Belarussian had ever thrown as far in history and it was an Olympic record improving that of 75.02 (Olga Kuzenkova, 2004).

Moreno, whose Area record is only 2 centimetres better (76.36 – 2007) was not overawed and did her very best to continue her challenge for the Olympic gold that had eluded her four years before, with 75.20 her response in the final round.

So Miankova was the winner, an impressive reversal of championship fortunes for the Belarussian, whose lifetime best of 77.32 is the third longest thrower of all-time, and the two women in front of her, both Russian, are currently involved in doping controversy.

It was a good night for Belarussia, as Darya Pchelnik finished in fourth with her last round 73.65 adding a note of quality to her already secure position.

Chris Turner for the IAAF

Hammer Throw Women     Final 20 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 76.34     Aksana Miankova Belarus BLR 28 Mar 82  
2 75.20     Yipsi Moreno Cuba CUB 19 Nov 80  
3 74.32     Zhang Wenxiu China CHN 22 Mar 86  
4 73.65     Daryia Pchelnik Belarus BLR 20 Dec 81  
5 72.54     Manuela Montebrun France FRA 13 Nov 79  
6 71.56     Anita Włodarczyk Poland POL 8 Aug 85  
7 71.33     Clarissa Claretti Italy ITA 7 Oct 80  
8 71.00     Martina Hrašnová Slovakia SVK 21 Mar 83  
9 70.06     Betty Heidler Germany GER 14 Oct 83  
10 69.72     Yelena Rigert Russia RUS 2 Dec 83  
11 64.97     Stilianí Papadopoúlou Greece GRE 15 Mar 82  
  NM     Kamila Skolimowska Poland POL 4 Nov 82  

Women's Hammer Throw - qualification

 

With Liu Xiang pulling up in his hurdles heat injured, the remaining member of the Chinese medallist trio from last summer’s World championships in Osaka who is still competing at these Olympic Games – Zhou Chunxiu took the bronze in the women’s Marathon yesterday – is women’s Hammer Thrower Zhang Wenxiu, the World bronze medallist.

In all the despondency surrounding Liu Xiang’s exit, it probably went unnoticed to most that Zhang Wenxiu qualified very well this morning by leading Group B with 73.36m. The release came on her first attempt and was the second best throw of the entire qualification round.

“I must save my energy for the final…I’m excited and the spectators gave me a lot of encouragement. I will try my best but all the athletes want a medal in the Games,” said Zhang Wenxiu.

The automatic mark for progression into the final on Wednesday (20) was 71.50m, and that was achieved by seven women.

Leading the qualification round overall was two-time World champion (2001 / 2003) Yipsi Moreno of Cuba, the Olympic bronze medallist of 2004, with 73.92, but it took all three rounds for her to produce it in Group B.

Germany’s reigning World champion Betty Heidler with a second round 71.51m was also one of the seven automatics, and the other two going through by right from Moreno’s pool were Martina Hrasnova of Slovakia and Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland. The Slovak, like the Cuban, needed three attempts to pass 71.50 with her best 72.87, while Wlodarczyk made it on her first (71.76).

France’s Manuela Montebrun, who was surprisingly beaten in the French championships last month, was the next best thrower in Zhang Wenxiu’s group, with a third round best of 72.81, but Stephanie Falzon, the national champion, was a non qualifier, in the same group. Italy’s Clarissa Claretti was the third and final automatic qualifier from Group A, with 71.82 on her second attempt. Claretti and Montebrun finished in seventh and eighth in the Osaka final.

Olga Kuzenkova, the reigning Olympic champion, is not in the Russian team at these Games, while the other medallist from Athens 2004, Yunaika Crawford of Cuba failed to qualify today. However, 2000 Olympic winner Kamila Skolimowska of Poland with 69.79, was one of the five throwers who made it through to the 12 member final as one of the ‘best of the rest’.

Creeping unnoticed under the medal radar in that respect were two 26-year-old Belarussians. Aksana Miankova (69.77), and Darya Pchelnik (71.30).

Miankova is currently the third longest thrower of all-time with her national record from this summer of 77.32, and is the best athlete currently competing in the world given that both the Russians ahead of her in the all-time list are involved in doping investigations. With a 76.33 PB, Pchelnik is also very much a threat to anyone with title aspirations in Beijing. She has progressed by over 5 metres this year.

Greece’s Stiliani Papadopoulou was the last of those to qualify with 69.36.

Russian Yelena Konevtsova, Ireland’s Eileen O’Keeffe, Arasay Thondike of Cuba and Croatian Ivana Brkljacic, who respectively were 5th, 6th, 9th and 11th in the Osaka World Champs final failed to progress today.

Chris Turner for the IAAF

Hammer Throw Women     Qualification 18 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 73.92   Q Yipsi Moreno Cuba CUB 19 Nov 80  
2 73.36   Q Zhang Wenxiu China CHN 22 Mar 86  
3 72.87   Q Martina Hrašnová Slovakia SVK 21 Mar 83  
4 72.81   Q Manuela Montebrun France FRA 13 Nov 79  
5 71.82   Q Clarissa Claretti Italy ITA 7 Oct 80  
6 71.76   Q Anita Włodarczyk Poland POL 8 Aug 85  
7 71.51   Q Betty Heidler Germany GER 14 Oct 83  
8 71.30   Q Daryia Pchelnik Belarus BLR 20 Dec 81  
9 70.69   Q Yelena Rigert Russia RUS 2 Dec 83  
10 69.79   Q Kamila Skolimowska Poland POL 4 Nov 82  
11 69.77   Q Aksana Miankova Belarus BLR 28 Mar 82  
12 69.36   Q Stilianí Papadopoúlou Greece GRE 15 Mar 82  
13 69.22     Maryia Smaliachkova Belarus BLR 10 Feb 85  
14 68.93     Stéphanie Falzon France FRA 7 Jan 83  
15 68.74     Arasay Thondike Cuba CUB 28 May 86  
16 68.38     Ivana Brkljačić Croatia CRO 25 Jan 83  
17 68.22     Sviatlana Sudak Turkey TUR 20 Mar 71  
18 68.21     Bianca Perie Romania ROU 1 Jun 90  
19 68.11     Iryna Novozhylova Ukraine UKR 7 Jan 86  
20 68.04     Anna Bulgakova Russia RUS 17 Jan 88  
21 67.86     Amber Campbell United States USA 5 Jun 81  
22 67.83     Yelena Konevtsova Russia RUS 11 Sep 81  
23 67.66     Eileen O'Keeffe Ireland IRL 31 May 81  
24 67.54     Kathrin Klaas Germany GER 6 Feb 84  
25 67.47     Iryna Sekachyova Ukraine UKR 21 Jul 76  
26 67.17     Lenka Valešová Czech Republic CZE 11 Aug 85  
27 66.92     Inna Sayenko Ukraine UKR 8 Mar 82  
28 66.72     Alexándra Papayeoryíou Greece GRE 17 Dec 80  
29 66.35     Jenny Dahlgren Argentina ARG 27 Aug 84  
30 66.29     Merja Korpela Finland FIN 15 May 81  
31 66.16     Yunaika Crawford Cuba CUB 2 Nov 82  
32 65.64     Wang Zheng China CHN 14 Dec 87  
33 65.44     Sultana Frizell Canada CAN 24 Oct 84  
34 65.41     Éva Orbán Hungary HUN 29 Nov 84  
35 64.74     Zoe Derham Great Britain GBR 24 Nov 80  
36 64.66     Johana Moreno Colombia COL 15 Apr 85  
37 64.20     Zalina Marghieva Moldova MDA 5 Feb 88  
38 64.13     Małgorzata Zadura Poland POL 3 Oct 82  
39 63.60     Loree Smith United States USA 6 Nov 82  
40 63.03     Candice Scott Trinidad and Tobago TTO 17 Sep 80  
41 62.44     Berta Castells Spain ESP 24 Jan 84  
42 62.28     Silvia Salis Italy ITA 17 Sep 85  
43 62.12     Marina Nikişenko Moldova MDA 28 Jun 86  
44 61.00     Paraskevi Theodorou Cyprus CYP 15 Mar 86  
45 60.55     Sanja Gavrilović Croatia CRO 20 Sep 82  
46 59.42     Vânia Silva Portugal POR 8 Jun 80  
47 51.38     Galina Mityayeva Tajikistan TJK 29 Apr 91  
  NM     Jessica Cosby Toruga United States USA 31 May 82  
  NM     Amélie Perrin France FRA 30 Mar 80  
  NM     Georgina Toth Cameroon CMR 10 Mar 82  
 
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Qualifying round

Qualification: 71.50 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Yipsi Moreno Cuba 71.31 x 73.92 73.92 Q
2 B Zhang Wenxiu China 73.36     73.36 Q
3 A Martina Danišová-Hrašnová Slovakia 70.03 x 72.87 72.87 Q
4 B Manuela Montebrun France 69.80 69.86 72.81 72.81 Q
5 B Clarissa Claretti Italy 67.15 71.82   71.82 Q
6 A Anita Włodarczyk Poland 71.76     71.76 Q
7 A Betty Heidler Germany 66.28 71.51   71.51 Q
8 A Darya Pchelnik Belarus 69.43 71.30 69.24 71.30 q
9 B Yelena Priyma Russia 70.69 69.79 65.64 70.69 q
10 B Kamila Skolimowska Poland 65.97 69.79 67.01 69.79 q
11 B Aksana Miankova Belarus 62.95 65.55 69.77 69.77 q
12 A Stiliani Papadopoulou Greece 66.68 69.36 69.29 69.36 q
13 A Maryia Smaliachkova Belarus x 69.22 x 69.22  
14 A Stéphanie Falzon France x 68.93 x 68.93  
15 B Arasay Thondike Cuba x 66.68 68.74 68.74  
16 A Ivana Brkljacić Croatia 66.54 x 68.38 68.38  
17 B Sviatlana Sudak-Torun Turkey 68.22 67.36 67.18 68.22  
18 A Bianca Perie Romania 68.21 66.29 x 68.21  
19 A Iryna Novozhylova Ukraine 67.36 x 68.11 68.11  
20 A Anna Bulgakova Russia x 68.04 x 68.04  
21 B Amber Campbell United States 67.86 x x 67.86  
22 A Yelena Konevtseva Russia 66.81 67.83 x 67.83  
23 B Eileen O'Keeffe Ireland 62.53 62.05 67.66 67.66  
24 B Kathrin Klaas Germany 66.39 67.54 66.95 67.54  
25 B Iryna Sekachova Ukraine 62.83 x 67.47 67.47  
26 B Lenka Ledvinová Czech Republic 65.98 65.23 67.17 67.17  
27 A Inna Sayenko Ukraine x 66.92 x 66.92  
28 B Alexandra Papageorgiou Greece 66.72 65.73 x 66.72  
29 B Jennifer Dahlgren Argentina 58.60 x 66.35 66.35  
30 A Merja Korpela Finland 62.70 65.76 66.29 66.29  
31 B Yunaika Crawford Cuba 66.16 65.00 64.08 66.16  
32 A Wang Zheng China 65.64 61.36 x 65.64  
33 A Sultana Frizell Canada x 60.43 65.44 65.44  
34 A Éva Orbán Hungary 65.12 x 65.41 65.41  
35 A Zoe Derham Great Britain 64.74 64.61 64.57 64.74  
36 B Johana Moreno Colombia x 64.31 64.66 64.66  
37 A Zalina Marghieva Moldova x 64.20 x 64.20  
38 B Małgorzata Zadura Poland 63.35 64.13 x 64.13  
39 A Loree Smith United States 62.25 62.33 63.60 63.60  
40 B Candice Scott Trinidad and Tobago 63.03 62.53 x 63.03  
41 B Berta Castells Spain 62.44 61.76 x 62.44  
42 A Silvia Salis Italy x x 62.28 62.28  
43 B Marina Marghieva Moldova 61.03 x 62.12 62.12  
44 B Paraskevi Theodorou Cyprus x 61.00 x 61.00  
45 B Sanja Gavrilovic Croatia 60.55 60.37 60.36 60.55  
46 A Vânia Silva Portugal x 58.10 59.42 59.42  
47 A Galina Mityaeva Tajikistan x 48.59 51.38 51.38  
  A Jessica Cosby United States x x x NM  
  B Amélie Perrin France x x x NM  
  B Georgina Toth Cameroon x x x NM  
 

Finals

Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st Aksana Miankova Belarus 74.40 x 72.23 x 76.34 51.72 76.34 OR
2nd Yipsi Moreno Cuba x 73.95 72.61 x 74.70 75.20 75.20  
3rd Zhang Wenxiu China 74.00 74.32 73.40 73.50 70.75 73.53 74.32 SB
4 Darya Pchelnik Belarus 69.10 72.46 72.82 71.00 72.83 73.65 73.65  
5 Manuela Montebrun France 67.63 70.55 70.01 72.54 71.92 70.63 72.54  
6 Anita Włodarczyk Poland 69.39 x 71.56 70.86 x x 71.56  
7 Clarissa Claretti Italy x 71.33 x x x x 71.33  
8 Martina Danišová-Hrasnová Slovakia 68.28 x 71.00 x 70.19 x 71.00  
 
9 Betty Heidler Germany x x 70.06   70.06  
10 Yelena Priyma Russia 68.19 69.72 67.33   69.72  
11 Stilianí Papadopoúlou Greece x x 64.97   64.97  
  Kamila Skolimowska Poland x x x   NM  

 

 

 

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