The men's hammer throw was an event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. There were 27 participating athletes from 19 nations. The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress.
|Men's hammer throw|
at the Games of the XXV Olympiad
|Venue||Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys|
|Dates||August 1, 1992 (qualifying)|
August 2, 1992 (final)
|Competitors||27 from 19 nations|
In this Olympics, the Unified Team comprised some of the republics of the former Soviet Union. Andrey Abduvaliyev from Tajikistan, Igor Astapkovich from Belarus, and Igor Nikulin from Russia created a sweep for the Unified Team. It was the fourth sweep in five Games for Soviet/Unified Team athletes; only the boycotted 1984 Games broke the consistent dominance of the Soviets.
The three dominated the competition in the late 80s and early 90s. Astapkovich, the strongest in the season, held the lead after the first round and retook it in the third. Abduvaliyev settled it with his fourth round throw 82.54 m (270 ft 9+1⁄2 in) while both Astapkovich and Nikulin hit their best throws in the final round, they could not match it.
This was the 21st appearance of the event, which has been held at every Summer Olympics except 1896. Six of the 12 finalists from the 1988 Games returned: two-time bronze medalist Jüri Tamm of the Soviet Union (now competing for independent Estonia), fifth-place finisher Heinz Weis of West Germany (now competing for united Germany), sixth-place finisher Tibor Gécsek of Hungary, eighth-place finisher Ivan Tanev of Bulgaria, tenth-place finisher Johann Lindner of Austria, and eleventh-place finisher Tore Gustafsson of Sweden. The Soviet trio that had swept the Olympic medals in both 1980 and 1988, and won the World Championships in 1983 (Sergey Litvinov), 1987 (Litvinov), and 1991 (Yuriy Sedykh), had been replaced by new throwers on the Unified Team, though Tamm continued to compete for Estonia (which was not part of the Unified Team). The new team, led by 1990 European champion Andrey Abduvaliyev, was still dominant and heavily favored.
Bahrain, the People's Republic of China, and Lithuania each made their debut in the event. Some former Soviet Republics competed as the Unified Team; others (Lithuania and Estonia, appearing independently for the first time since 1936) competed separately. The United States appeared for the 20th time, most of any nation, having missed only the boycotted 1980 Games.
The competition used the two-round format introduced in 1936, with the qualifying round completely separate from the divided final. In qualifying, each athlete received three attempts; those recording a mark of at least 76.00 metres advanced to the final. If fewer than 12 athletes achieved that distance, the top 12 would advance. The results of the qualifying round were then ignored. Finalists received three throws each, with the top eight competitors receiving an additional three attempts. The best distance among those six throws counted.
Prior to the competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Yuriy Sedykh (URS)||86.74||Stuttgart, West Germany||30 August 1986|
|Olympic record||Sergey Litvinov (URS)||84.80||Seoul, South Korea||26 September 1988|
No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.
|Saturday, 1 August 1992||9:25||Qualifying|
|Sunday, 2 August 1992||18:55||Final|
|1||Igor Nikulin||Unified Team||74.20||79.08||—||79.08||Q|
|2||Andrey Abduvaliyev||Unified Team||78.82||—||—||78.82||Q|
|Jud Logan||United States||—||—||Q, DPG|
|5||Lance Deal||United States||X||75.58||77.00||77.00||Q|
|6||Igor Astapkovich||Unified Team||76.50||—||—||76.50||Q|
|23||Paul Head||Great Britain||X||69.58||65.64||69.58|
|24||Kenneth Flax||United States||69.04||X||69.36||69.36|
|27||Rashid Riyadh Al-Ameeri||Bahrain||X||X||56.08||56.08|
|Andrey Abduvaliyev||Unified Team||78.56||80.18||80.34||82.54||79.12||82.24||82.54|
|Igor Astapkovich||Unified Team||80.02||X||81.80||78.08||81.70||81.96||81.96|
|Igor Nikulin||Unified Team||78.46||78.56||X||78.32||80.44||81.38||81.38|
|7||Lance Deal||United States||X||76.84||74.92||X||75.06||76.42||76.84|
|8||Sean Carlin||Australia||75.08||76.16||75.10||Did not advance||76.16|
|9||Johann Lindner||Austria||75.14||73.36||74.26||Did not advance||75.14|
|10||Christophe Epalle||France||74.24||74.84||74.74||Did not advance||74.84|
|11||Enrico Sgrulletti||Italy||72.98||72.34||X||Did not advance||72.98|
|—||Jud Logan||United States||X||X||X||DPG|
- "Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games: Men's Hammer Throw". sports-reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
- "Hammer Throw, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
- Official Report, vol. 5, p. 51.