Looking Back at 2012: Women’s Rankings

The women's hammer throw podium at the London Olympics.Although we did not see another world record this year, the women’s hammer throw was perhaps the most exciting event in track and field with a handful of throwers brushing up against the barrier. The Olympic final had five women over 76 meters and eight over 74 meters making it by far the deepest competition ever. Below I’ve compiled my top ten female throwers of the year. Earlier this week I posted my men’s rankings. Check back next week when I will recap some of the greatest moments of the year. If you want some additional statistics for the season, check out the IAAF’s performance lists.


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  1. gary cooper
    gary cooper says:

    Just wanted to take the opportunity to comment on what I’m sure several others also feel and that concerns Betty Heidler, another thrower to be impressed with. She demonstrated great poise during Finals, setting an example for others to try and follow in such instances. What a Class act!

    For me, realizing she had to of missed several training sessions/weeks, due to her concussion at the Prefontaine Classic.I would of placed Kathrin Klaas above where you have her Martin. Based on her come back from this potentially season ending injury to not only make the German Olympic Team, but by competing with a lot of toughness in London and hitting a strong PB in Finals. I believe her fierce drive to compete will continue to be proven through additional PB’s this next Season.

    Sophie Hitchon. What a future this young woman has. Through her accomplishments in the ring and her coaches foresight in her training.

    I think the year for Women’s Hammer was by far, more exciting and impressive than other events. And with Talent such as these athletes mentioned, the future should be healthy for our event.

    Gary Cooper

    I work mostly with girls in our small community. Started with our own 3 daughters and 2 sons. Today we threw outdoors for almost 4 hrs, with Temps in the upper 20’s and a 22mph wind. These youngsters are toughing it out to get their training in and I’m very proud of them. Hopefully their young success will attract the attention of high school guys from their schools and we’ll get a few more male throwers to try hammer.


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