Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's hammer throw

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Men's hammer throw
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 Matt McGrath.JPG
McGrath on the way to win the gold medal.
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Date July 14
Competitors 14 from 4 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Matt McGrath  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Duncan Gillis  Canada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Clarence Childs  United States
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Athletics at the
1912 Summer Olympics
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The men's hammer throw was a track and field athletics event held as part of the athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fourth appearance of the event, which had been won all three previous times by John Flanagan. The competition was held on Sunday, July 14, 1912.

Fourteen hammer throwers from four nations competed.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 57.10(*) United States Matt McGrath New York (USA) October 29, 1911
Olympic Record 51.92 United States John Flanagan London (GBR) July 14, 1908

(*) unofficial

Matt McGrath set a new Olympic record in the qualification with 54.13 metres and improved his record in the final with 54.74 metres.


Flanagan, who had won all three prior editions of the Olympic hammer throw and held the Olympic record of 51.92 metres, had retired since the 1908 Olympic Games. McGrath took the gold medal, besting Flanagan's Olympic record with all four of his legal marks. No other thrower beat Flanagan's Olympic mark.

Place Athlete Preliminary Final Best mark
1 2 3 Rank 4 5 6
1  Matt McGrath (USA) 54.13 OR 1st 52.83 53.90 54.74 OR 54.74
2  Duncan Gillis (CAN) 46.17 48.39 2nd 47.24 48.39
3  Clarence Childs (USA) 48.17 3rd 48.17
4  Robert Olsson (SWE) 39.56 46.50 4th 46.50
5  Carl Johan Lind (SWE) 45.06 45.61 5th 45.61
6  Denis Carey (GBR) 38.99 43.78 6th 43.78
7  Nils Linde (SWE) 43.32 7th 43.32
8  Carl Jahnzon (SWE) 39.18 42.58 8th 42.58
 Ralph Rose (USA) 40.80 42.58 8th 42.58
10  Arvid Åberg (SWE) 41.11 10th 41.11
11  Gunnar Johnson (SWE) 38.66 39.92 11th 39.92
12  Benjamin Sherman (USA) 38.71 38.77 12th 38.77
13  Viktor Hackberg (SWE) 38.44 13th 38.44
14  Simon Gillis (USA) 14th None


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