Hammer Throw – Champions
International Associations of Athletic Federation (IAAF) is the governing body of hammer throw. Every participating country has its own governing body to organize the sport successfully throughout the calendar.
Here is a list of some important tournaments of this sport.
- Summer Olympics
- World Championship
- Asian Games
- Commonwealth Games
Many players have grabbed gold, silver, and bronze medals in various tournaments. Some of those champions with little details have been discussed here.
Yuriy Sedykh is a competitor for Soviet Union. He bagged six gold medals out of which two are in Olympic Games and one from World Championship. He has also won one silver medal each in Olympics and World Championship.
Besides this he is the winner of three gold medals in European Championship he has set a world record of throw of 86.74 meters. Currently he is handling various hammer annual camps in USA.
Sergey Litvinov is a competitor for Soviet Union. He bagged a silver medal in 1980 Olympics held in Moscow and a gold medal in 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. He won gold medals two times in World Championships.
He also won a silver and a bronze medal in European Championships. He set the world record of 84.14 meter in 1983. His son Sergey is also a good hammer thrower.
Anita Wlodarczyk is a competitor for Poland. She won her first medal in 2007 when she participated in U23 Championships. She bagged silver in 2012 Olympics and a gold in 2016 Olympics.
In World Championships, she won two golds and one silver while in European Championships, she has won three golds and one bronze. She has also won two golds and one silver in European Team Championships. She is the first woman to throw hammer beyond 80 meters.
Betty Heidler is a competitor for Germany. In her career till now she has won seven medals which include three golds, three silvers and one bronze.
Betty won one gold medal each in World Championships, European Championships and Universiade. She bagged two silver medals in World Championships and one in European Championships.
In 2012 London Olympics, she won a bronze medal. She has a world record of throwing at the distance of 79.42 meters.