Krisztián Pars in 2010
18 February 1982 |
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||117 kg (258 lb)|
|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 he just 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 edition of that competition.
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). Pars was victorious, winning his second title of the competition with a throw of 78.34 metres. In the 2012 London Olympics he took the gold in the hammer throw with a winning toss of 80.59 m.
- Hungarian youth athlete of the year (1): 1999
- Hungarian junior athlete of the year (1): 2001, 2002
- Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Bronze Cross (2004)
- Hungarian athlete of the Year (8): 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
- Person of the year in Vas County (2008)
- Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary – Knight's Cross (2008)
- For Homeland honour (2012)
- Honorary Citizen of Szentgotthárd (2012)
- Order of Merit of Hungary – Officer's Cross (2012)
- Gyulai, Marton (2010-09-11). Pars defends title at Pál Németh Memorial. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-11.
- "London Olympics: Krisztian Pars wins men's hammer title". Retrieved 6 August 2012.