Men's hammer throw world record progression

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The following table shows progression of the world record in the men's hammer throw, as recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).[1] The first world record in the event was recognised by the IAAF in 1913.[2] As of June 21, 2009, 45 world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event.[2]

World record progression[edit]

Distance Athlete Nationality Venue Date
57.77 m (189 ft 6 in) Pat Ryan  United States New York City, United States August 17, 1913
59.00 m (193 ft 6 in) Erwin Blask  Germany Stockholm, Sweden August 27, 1938
59.02 m (193 ft 7 in) Imre Nemeth  Hungary Tata, Hungary July 14, 1948
59.57 m (195 ft 5 in) Imre Nemeth  Hungary Katowice, Poland September 4, 1949
59.88 m (196 ft 5 in) Imre Nemeth  Hungary Budapest, Hungary May 19, 1950
60.34 m (197 ft 11 in) József Csermák  Hungary Helsinki, Finland July 24, 1952
61.25 m (200 ft 11 in) Sverre Strandli  Norway Oslo, Norway September 14, 1952
62.36 m (204 ft 7 in) Sverre Strandli  Norway Oslo, Norway September 5, 1953
63.34 m (207 ft 9 in) Mikhail Krivonosov  Soviet Union Berne, Switzerland August 29, 1954
64.05 m (210 ft 1 in) Stanislav Nenashev  Soviet Union Baku, Soviet Union December 12, 1954
64.33 m (211 ft 0 in) Mikhail Krivonosov  Soviet Union Warsaw, Poland August 4, 1955
64.52 m (211 ft 8 in) Mikhail Krivonosov  Soviet Union Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia September 19, 1955
65.85 m (216 ft 0 in) Mikhail Krivonosov  Soviet Union Nalchik, Soviet Union April 25, 1956
66.38 m (217 ft 9 in) Mikhail Krivonosov  Soviet Union Minsk, Soviet Union July 8, 1956
67.32 m (220 ft 10 in) Mikhail Krivonosov  Soviet Union Tashkent, Soviet Union October 22, 1956
68.54 m (224 ft 10 in) Hal Connolly  United States Los Angeles, United States November 2, 1956
68.68 m (225 ft 3 in) Hal Connolly  United States Bakersfield, United States June 20, 1958
70.33 m (230 ft 8 in) Hal Connolly  United States Walnut, United States August 12, 1960
70.67 m (231 ft 10 in) Hal Connolly  United States Palo Alto, United States July 21, 1962
71.06 m (233 ft 1 in) Hal Connolly  United States Ceres, United States May 29, 1965
71.26 m (233 ft 9 in) Hal Connolly  United States Walnut, United States June 20, 1965
73.74 m (241 ft 11 in) Gyula Zsivótzky  Hungary Debrecen, Hungary September 4, 1965
73.76 m (241 ft 11 in) Gyula Zsivótzky  Hungary Budapest, Hungary September 14, 1968
74.52 m (244 ft 5 in) Romuald Klim  Soviet Union Budapest, Hungary June 15, 1969
74.68 m (245 ft 0 in) Anatoliy Bondarchuk  Soviet Union Piraeus, Greece September 20, 1969
75.48 m (247 ft 7 in) Anatoliy Bondarchuk  Soviet Union Rovno, Soviet Union October 12, 1969
76.40 m (250 ft 7 in) Walter Schmidt  West Germany Lahr, West Germany September 4, 1971
76.60 m (251 ft 3 in) Reinhard Theimer  East Germany Erfurt, East Germany July 4, 1974
76.66 m (251 ft 6 in) Aleksei Spiridonov  Soviet Union Munich, West Germany September 11, 1974
76.70 m (251 ft 7 in) Karl-Hans Riehm  West Germany Rehlingen, Germany May 19, 1975
77.56 m (254 ft 5 in) Karl-Hans Riehm  West Germany Rehlingen, West Germany May 19, 1975
78.50 m (257 ft 6 in) Karl-Hans Riehm  West Germany Rehlingen, West Germany May 19, 1975
79.30 m (260 ft 2 in) Walter Schmidt  West Germany Frankfurt, West Germany August 14, 1975
80.14 m (262 ft 11 in) Boris Zaichuk  Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union July 9, 1978
80.32 m (263 ft 6 in) Karl-Hans Riehm  West Germany Heidenheim, West Germany August 6, 1978
80.38 m (263 ft 8 in) Yuriy Sedykh  Soviet Union Leselidse, Soviet Union May 16, 1980
80.46 m (263 ft 11 in) Jüri Tamm  Soviet Union Leselidse, Soviet Union May 16, 1980
80.64 m (264 ft 6 in) Yuriy Sedykh  Soviet Union Leselidse, Soviet Union May 16, 1980
81.66 m (267 ft 10 in) Sergey Litvinov  Soviet Union Sochi, Soviet Union May 24, 1980
81.80 m (268 ft 4 in) Yuriy Sedykh  Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union July 31, 1980
83.98 m (275 ft 6 in) Sergey Litvinov  Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union June 4, 1982
84.14 m (276 ft 0 in) Sergey Litvinov  Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union June 21, 1983
86.34 m (283 ft 3 in) Yuriy Sedykh  Soviet Union Cork, Ireland July 3, 1984
86.66 m (284 ft 3 in) Yuriy Sedykh  Soviet Union Tallinn, Soviet Union June 22, 1986
86.74 m (284 ft 6 in) Yuriy Sedykh  Soviet Union Stuttgart, West Germany August 30, 1986

Unratified marks[edit]

Distance Athlete Nationality Venue Date Why unratified
59.55 m (195 ft 4 in) Pat O'Callaghan  Ireland Fermoy, Ireland 1937 Meeting organised by the NACA, which was suspended by IAAF.[3]

Notes[edit]

Many sources do not give the date of Theimer's world record. It occurred in the qualifying round of the East German Championships at Erfurt (not Leipzig), which ran from the July 3–6, 1974. His record came with his very first throw, his series being (76.60m 73.62m 73.28m) which was on day two of the championships, July 4, 1974. Next day, in the championship itself, he threw 73.62m (241 ft. 6") for first place.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Athletix
  2. ^ a b "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 558–9. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ Rouse, Paul (2015-10-01). Sport and Ireland: A History. Oxford University Press. p. 263. ISBN 9780198745907. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Athletics Weekly, (AW28.31.16)