Tag Archive for: Records

Looking Back at 2015: Women’s Rankings

The year is coming to a close, which means it is time for the HMMR Media world rankings. After a quieter year in 2014, competition was again fierce in 2015 with a world title on the line. The women were no exception as Anita Wlodarczyk led the event to new levels. Below are our women’s rankings. Stay tuned for or men’s rankings in the coming days. Read more

Youth Hammer Continues Expansion Across USA

As we have written about over the past month, 2015 was a great year for high school hammer throwing. The final rankings rankings included 254 throwers, an increase of 6.3% from last year. Those athletes also hit new performance levels and some record setting performances. In addition, the geographic scope of the sport spread even further. Read more

Hammer Throwers Rewrite Record Books in 2015

Two weeks ago we highlighted the continued trend of growth in the American youth hammer throwing. As a consequence of this, there were many updates to the record books and all-time lists in 2015. Read more

Records Galore in 2014

After the final 2014 rankings were released last week, we updated the record book section of HSHammer.com to reflect the many great performances over the last year.
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Wlodarczyk Breaks World Record

At the historic ISTAF meeting in Berlin today Anita Wlodarczyk did what everyone has been waiting for this month by breaking Betty Heidler’s world record and inching ever closer to the 80-meter barrier. Her best throw measured 79.58 meters, but perhaps even more impressive was that each of her attempts was legal and the average mark measured 78.15 meters! With only one loss this year, a world record, and a historic string of meets this month, Wlodarczyk is making her case for athlete of the year.

After the competition Wlodarczyk said “It is a great feeling to finally improve the world record. I was aiming for 80 metres and I know I am able to throw it.” We know that too. And with Rieti and the Continental Cup still coming up, maybe we will see that 80-meter throw finally. Too bad the Diamond League won’t allow the hammer throw. After watching their boring sprints last week, they are truly missing out.

Below you will find a collection of videos of Wlodarczyk starting with her record throw from today.

Solid Technique

Compared to Heidler and her rivals this season, it is clear that the results are not coming just from power, but from a combination of strength and technique. I had a chance to take a few throws with her before the Francophone Games last year. She was throwing the heavier 5-kilogram hammer, but handled it with ease. No current women has a double support phase that rivals her at the moment. I took some HD video from inside the cage that demonstrates this well.

European Title and 80m Foul for Wlodarczyk

Two weeks ago Wlodarczyk was in Zurich and utterly dominated a world class field. Her winning mark of 78.67 meters was a world leading throw and national record. It also moved her up to third on the all-time list despite rain and overall poor conditions that hindered everyone else. Her last throw was perhaps her most impressive. Already having secured the win she let out a monster throw that landed outside the sector and on the awards podium. After the competition it was measured at 80.35 meters.

No Injury This Time

This was Wlodarczyk’s third world record. She set her first world record in the same stadium at the 2009 World Championships in one of the most thrilling competitions in history. But her celebration didn’t turn out as well that time. This time she stayed on her feet.