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The decade in review: women’s hammer throw world rankings

Earlier this week we ranked the top male hammer throwers of the decade. Today we continue to look back at the 2010s by ranking the top female hammer throwers, including a look back at interesting trends and statistics. Read more

The decade in review: men’s hammer throw world rankings

Who was the best male hammer thrower of the 2010s? Every year we rank the top 10 hammer throwers in the world. With the decade coming to an end, we crunched the numbers to rank the top throwers of the decade and highlight some cool statistics and trends that emerged over the last 10 years. Read more

Looking back at 2019: women’s hammer throw world rankings

Yesterday we released our men’s world rankings. Today it’s time for our women’s rankings. For the first time since 2012, Anita Wlodarczyk is not the top ranked athlete. It was a changing of the guard this year and our complete women’s hammer throw rankings are below. Read more

Looking back at 2019: men’s hammer throw world rankings

It was a bit of a strange year in the hammer throw. For the first time ever, the World Championships took place in October. Also, for the first time ever, there were four medal winners. In the end, some of the top established throwers continued to add to their credentials. But it was also a year for new names, as five of our top ten athletes were unranked last year. Our complete annual rankings for the men’s hammer are below. Read more

Youth hammer record books rewritten 2019

The past year was a historic one for high school hammer throwing. A dozen state records fell indoors and outdoors, and the all-time rankings were again rewritten. Below is a summary of the biggest records and all-time performance in 2019.
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2019 youth hammer throw state rankings

As we continue up our look back at the 2019 season it is time to look at how the event is spread across the country. As we do every year, we like like to take a look at the sport through a geographic lens to show which states are on the rise and where the sport is spreading. Read more

Analyzing the 2019 high school hammer throw season

The end of the year is upon us, so it is time to start looking back at the highlights of the 2019 season. Already last month we looked at the 2019 high school hammer throw all-Americans and the final 2019 national performance lists, with over 250 throwers making the cut. Now we want to dig a bit beyond the quantity and into the quality. Read more

Why talented youngsters rarely make it to the top

Spotting the next major talent is big business in sports, particularly team sports, where youngsters are often scouted and signed to clubs at increasingly young ages. However, the effectiveness of these methods is generally considered to be very poor, with relatively few youngsters thought of as highly talented at a young age progressing through to play at a high level. How can it be that we invest so much into talent identification but have relatively little to show for it? Read more

Consensus 2018 world hammer throw rankings

Last week we posted our hammer throw world men’s rankings and women’s rankings. Some of the other leading publications also released their rankings recently, including Track and Field News and Athletics Weekly, both compiled by expert panels. To get a picture of what the consensus rankings are, we’ve averaged out all the major rankings services, including the new IAAF ranking system. Read more

Looking back at 2018: women’s hammer throw world rankings

Last weekend we released our men’s world rankings. Today it’s time for our women’s rankings. For the sixth straight year, Anita Wlodarczyk led the way in the women’s hammer throw. But for the first time in a while, she showed some signs of weakness and many new names emerged on the world rankings. Check out the full rankings below. Read more