Will Sedykh’s Mark Ever Fall?

Earlier this week we celebrated the 30th birthday of the men’s hammer throw world record. When a record lasts that long, the inevitable question is whether it will ever be broken. The chances do not look good in the near-term future. Pawel Fajdek’s throw of 83.93 meters last year is the only all-time top 10 mark in the last decade and the winning distance at this year’s Olympics was the lowest since 1984. In the long-term many top coaches think a bigger throw is possible, but it will not be easy. It will require the sport to progress in terms of training methods, culture, and more. Below two Olympic champions share their thought on the future of our event.


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  1. ehsfb2001
    ehsfb2001 says:

    When you consider that high level throwing has only been going on for maybe 50 or 60 years, certainly someone will come along that is the equivalent of a 500 year flood ( an extreme outlier even for the outliers like Sedykh etc ) and they will throw farther. It may take 100 years but it will happen.

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  2. Jacob S.
    Jacob S. says:

    “Two men in history have thrown over 86 meters…” That’s not exactly true now, is it? Tikhon (sorry, it’s Tsikhan now) threw 86.73m about 10 years ago, and he was certainly using a lot less drugs than anyone in the 1980s. On the one hand, you could interpret this as evidence that the record is within reach. On the other hand, you could argue that the current testing regime (especially the retroactive testing) has finally caught up with the athletes, and that’s why we’ve seen such a drop in performance in recent championships.

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