James Parker (hammer thrower)

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James D. Parker (born December 3, 1975 in Biloxi, Mississippi[1]) is a retired American track and field athlete who specialized in the hammer throw.[2] He represented the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics without making the final. He won the silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.

His personal best in the event is 79.20 meters (259 feet 10 inches) from 2004.

Parker served as first lieutenant with the U.S. Air Force.[3]

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2001 Universiade Beijing, China Hammer throw NM
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 2nd Hammer throw 74.35 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 21st (q) Hammer throw 75.04 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 20th (q) Hammer throw 71.95 m


  1. ^ USATF profile
  2. ^ James Parker profile at IAAF
  3. ^ "Air Force lieutenant ready to hammer". USA Today. 2004-07-30. Retrieved 2013-10-27.