HMMR Podcast Episode 262: The lists

It’s an age old debate: who are the best of all time in your sport. When it comes to the throwing events we have some objective numbers to rely on, but there are also many subjective factors as well. On this week’s episode we list the top 10 of all time in our sports: the men’s shot put and hammer throw.

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Notes and quotes

  • 0:00 – Introduction.
  • 3:30 – Men’s shot put: honorable mention.
  • 5:15 – Men’s shot put: rank 10 to 6.
  • 9:15 – Men’s shot put: rank 5 to 1.
  • 14:15 – Thoughts on doping and comparing eras in the throws.
  • 16:00 – Men’s hammer throw: honorable mention.
  • 18:45 – Men’s hammer throw: rank 10 to 6.
  • 25:30 – Men’s hammer throw: rank 5 to 3 and an evolving view of Koji.
  • 31:00 – Men’s hammer throw: top 2.
  • 33:30 – Challenges of ranking the women’s throws.
  • 35:30 – The future of the shot put.

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Further reading

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  • In HMMR Classroom Video Lesson 25, coach Don Babbitt breaks down and compares the technique of some of the world’s top spinners like Brian Oldfield, Dave Laut, Randy Barnes, John Godina, Adam Nelson, Christian Cantwell, Reese Hoffa, Joe Kovacs, and Ryan Crouser. That’s just one part of the 3+ hour master class he put together. Become a member to check it out.
  • Unfortunately many of the throwers on our rankings have passed away over the past decade. We’ve memorialized Yuriy Sedykh, Sergey Litvinov, Jüri Tamm and Harold Connolly on the site previously.