Krisztián Pars

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Krisztián Pars
Pars in 2013
Personal information
Born (1982-02-18) 18 February 1982 (age 41)
Körmend, Hungary
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight117 kg (258 lb)
Country Hungary
Event(s)Hammer Throw
Coached byZsolt Németh
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)82.69 m
Medal record
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Hammer throw
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2011 Daegu Hammer throw
Silver medal – second place 2013 Moscow Hammer throw
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2012 Helsinki Hammer throw
Gold medal – first place 2014 Zürich Hammer throw
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Barcelona Hammer throw
Continental Cup
Gold medal – first place 2014 Marrakech Hammer throw

Krisztián Pars (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈkristiaːn ˈpɒrʃ]; born 18 February 1982) is a Hungarian hammer thrower. He competed at the Summer Olympics in 2004, 2008, and 2012, winning the gold medal in 2012. He also won the 2012 and 2014 European championships.


His personal best throw is 82.69 metres, achieved at the 2014 European Championships in Zürich. Pars previously held the world junior record (6 kg) with 81.35 metres, achieved in September 2001 in Szombathely. He took fourth place at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was initially upgraded to the silver medal after the doping disqualification of original medallists Vadim Devyatovskiy and Ivan Tsikhan in December 2008, but both had their medals reinstated two years later. That same year he won the silver medal in the hammer at the 2008 European Winter Throwing Cup meeting in Split and another silver at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final.

In the 2009 season, he began well with a victory at the 2009 European Winter Throwing Cup, but missed out on a major medal at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics with a fourth-place finish. He took the bronze at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final, the last year the competition was held.

He won the bronze medal at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, his first medal of the championships. At the end of the year he took part in the Pál Németh Memorial (a meeting in honour of his mentor Pál Németh), winning his second title of the competition with a throw of 78.34 metres.[1] At the 2012 London Olympics he took the gold in the hammer throw with a winning toss of 80.59 m.[2]

On 10 April 2018, he was banned until July 2019 because of a doping violation.[3] He apologized to everybody for making a bad decision in a hard situation at a birthday party, as he tried something he had never before while being drunk. Later, based on public information from the AIU (Athletics Integrity Unit), it was revealed that cocaine was found in his blood.[4]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Hungary
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 74.76 m (5 kg)
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 77.25 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 4th 78.73 m
World Athletics Final Szombathely, Hungary 3rd 79.17 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 78.03 m
World Athletics Final Szombathely, Hungary 5th 78.32 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 6th 78.34 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 80.41 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 5th 80.93 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 78.42 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 4th 80.96 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 79.37 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 4th 77.45 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 3rd 77.49 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 79.06 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 2nd 81.18 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 79.72 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1st 80.59 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 80.30 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 1st 82.69 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 4th 77.32 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th 75.28 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 14th (q) 74.08 m
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 22nd (q) 73.05 m
2022 European Championships Munich, Germany NM



  1. ^ Gyulai, Marton (11 September 2010). Pars defends title at Pál Németh Memorial. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-11.
  2. ^ "London Olympics: Krisztian Pars wins men's hammer title". Retrieved 6 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Former Olympic hammer throw champion Krisztian Pars gets doping ban". The Malta Independent. 10 April 2018. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Kiderült, kokainnal bukott meg Pars Krisztián". INDEX. 1 January 2019.

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