Anita Włodarczyk

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Anita Włodarczyk
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Anita Włodarczyk in Rio 2016
Personal information
Born (1985-08-08) 8 August 1985 (age 35)
Rawicz, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight100 kg (220 lb)[1]
Event(s)Hammer throw
ClubSkra Warszawa

Anita Włodarczyk (Polish pronunciation: [aˈnita vwɔˈdart͡ʂɨk]; born 8 August 1985) is a Polish hammer thrower. She is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion, and the first and only woman in history to throw the hammer over 80 m; she currently holds the women's world record of 82.98 m. She is considered the greatest women’s hammer thrower of all time.[2]

Włodarczyk (on the left) celebrating her gold medal of 2017 World Championships with team mate and bronze medalist Malwina Kopron.


Włodarczyk won her first national U23 championships in 2007, and went on to compete in the 2007 European Athletics U23 Championships, although she did not progress beyond the qualifying round. She finished sixth in the hammer throw competition at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Włodarczyk qualified for the 2008 World Athletics Final and won a bronze medal. The following year, she took part in the 2009 European Team Championships, winning her first gold medal at a major international competition.

Włodarczyk achieved a personal best throw of 76.20 metres (250.0 ft), achieved on 30 May 2009 in Biała Podlaska, beating her previous record by 81 cm and improve 76.59 m in Golden Spike Ostrava. Prior to the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, she produced a national record-breaking performance in Cottbus, winning the competition with a world-leading 77.20-metre (253.3 ft) throw. This was fourth longest throw by a woman in hammer throw.

On 22 August 2009, during the World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany, Włodarczyk set a world record with a throw of 77.96 metres (255 ft 9 in).[3] Her season ended prematurely when she twisted her left ankle during her celebration.[4] Returning to competition at the Meeting Grand Prix IAAF de Dakar in April 2010, she easily won her event with a throw of 75.13 m.[5] She then proceeded to break her existing world record with a 78.30-metre (256.9 ft) hammer throw at the Enea Cup in Bydgoszcz on 6 June 2010.[6] She won the bronze at the 2010 European Athletics Championships and was ranked second overall for the season in the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, finishing behind Betty Heidler.[7] She finished outside of the medals at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, coming fifth overall.

In 2012, Włodarczyk finished third at the Ostrava Golden Spike and was the runner-up at the Prefontaine Classic.[8] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she won the silver medal with a throw of 77.60 m.[9] On 11 October 2016, she was retroactively awarded gold after Russia's Tatyana Lysenko was stripped of the medal after testing positive in reanalysis of her stored doping samples.[10][11][12]

In 2014, Włodarczyk won the European Championship with a throw of 78.76, which was a championship and national record.[13]

On 1 August 2015 Włodarczyk set a new world record with a throw of 81.08 metres (266.0 ft) and became the first woman to throw the hammer over 80 metres (260 ft).[14] She went on to win the gold medal at the World Championships, once again throwing over 80 metres (260 ft).

On 15 August 2016 Włodarczyk won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio, setting a new world record with a throw of 82.29 metres (270.0 ft).[15] On 28 August 2016, she threw 82.98 metres (272.2 ft), setting a new world record just two weeks after the Olympics at the EAA 7th Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw. In competition, Włodarczyk uses some of the equipment that belonged to the late Skolimowska, as a tribute to her fellow hammer thrower.[16]

In 2014 and 2016 she was given Track & Field News Athlete of the Year award.

In 2017, she received Polish Sportspersonality of the Year Award for her sports achievements in the previous year. She finished the year with a 42 contests winning streak which began in July 2014.[17]

As of 2020, she holds all of the top 15 women's hammer throw results and 27 out of the top 30.[18]


For her sport achievements, she received:
Knight's Cross Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (5th Class) in 2009.[19]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 9th 63.74 m
2008 European Winter Throwing Cup Split, Croatia 1st 71.84 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 4th 71.56 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 70.97 m
2009 European Team Championships Leiria, Portugal 1st 75.23 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 77.96 m World Record Championships Record
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 73.56 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 5th 73.56 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 74.29 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1st 77.60 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 78.46 m
Jeux de la Francophonie Nice, France 1st 75.62 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 1st 78.76 m Championships Record
2014 Continental Cup Marrakesh, Morocco 1st 75.21 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 1st 80.85 m Championships Record
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 78.14 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 82.29 m OR World Record Championships Record
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 1st 77.90 m
2018 Athletics World Cup London, United Kingdom 1st 78.74 m
European Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 78.94 m, Championships Record


  1. ^ a b Anita Włodarczyk's profile at the IAAF site
  2. ^ Landells, Steve (15 August 2016). "Report: women's hammer final – Rio 2016 Olympic Games". IAAF. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ [1] Earth Times
  4. ^ Archived 2012-10-02 at
  5. ^ Turner, Chris (24 April 2010). "Wlodarczyk blasts out 75.13m release in Dakar – IAAF World Challenge". IAAF. Archived from the original on 27 April 2010. Retrieved 25 April 2010.
  6. ^ Jackowski, Pawel (6 June 2010). "78.30m World record in the Hammer Throw by Wlodarczyk in Bydgoszcz - UPDATED". IAAF. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Murofushi and Heidler take overall titles and prize of $30,000 each – IAAF World Hammer Throw Challenge". IAAF. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  8. ^ Gains, Paul (2 June 2012). "Dibaba 30:24.39 and Kiprop 27:01.98 on stunning but wet first night in Eugene – Samsung Diamond League". IAAF. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games: Women's Hammer Throw Final Round | Olympics at". Olympics at Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  10. ^ "IOC sanctions Tatyana Lysenko for failing anti-doping test at London 2012". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Hammer Throw Women - The XXX Olympic Games". Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  12. ^ "London 2012 Hammer Throw Women". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  13. ^ "2014 European Athletics Championships" (PDF). European Athletics. 15 August 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
  14. ^ Florian van Dijck (2015-08-01). WOMEN HAMMER OVER 80M!!! WLODARCZYK THROWS WR !!! 81.08m (266′ 0″) Archived 2015-11-24 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Hammer Throw Women - The XXXI Olympic Games". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  16. ^ Mulkeen, Jon; Mikiel, Marta. "Inspired by Skolimowska, Wlodarczyk aims to become first to throw 80 metres". IAAF. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Hammer Throw women senior - All time top lists". Retrieved 31 August 2020.
  19. ^

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Preceded by
Tatyana Lysenko
Betty Heidler
Women's Hammer World Record Holder
August 22, 2009 – May 21, 2011
August 31, 2014 –
Succeeded by
Betty Heidler
Preceded by
Valerie Adams
Genzebe Dibaba
Women's Track & Field Athlete of the Year
2016, 2017
Succeeded by
Genzebe Dibaba
Caster Semenya