Krisztián Pars

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Krisztián Pars
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Krisztián Pars in 2013
Personal information
Born (1982-02-18) 18 February 1982 (age 36)
Körmend, Hungary
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 117 kg (258 lb)
Country  Hungary
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Hammer Throw
Coached by Zsolt Németh
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 82.69 m

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 82.45 metres, achieved in September 2006 in Celje. Pars previously held the world junior record (6 kg) with 81.35 metres, achieved in September 2001 in Szombathely. He took fourth place in 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] In 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]


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



  1. ^ Gyulai, Marton (2010-09-11). 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. 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 

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