Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's hammer throw
|Men's hammer throw
at the Games of the V Olympiad
McGrath on the way to win the gold medal.
|Venue||Stockholm Olympic Stadium|
|Competitors||14 from 4 nations|
|Athletics at the
1912 Summer Olympics
|110 m hurdles||men|
|4×100 m relay||men|
|4×400 m relay||men|
|3000 m team race||men|
|10 km walk||men|
|Standing long jump||men|
|Standing high jump||men|
|2-hand shot put||men|
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(*)||Matt McGrath||New York (USA)||October 29, 1911|
|Olympic Record||51.92||John Flanagan||London (GBR)||July 14, 1908|
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.
|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|