Tokyo previews – Men’s Hammer

Four men have broken eighty metres in a significant improvement from Rio. Some of the sport’s most established stars face the challenge of a twenty-year-old with momentum. Could Mykhaylo Kokhan be Tokyo’s breakout star? Here’s our men’s hammer preview.


Monday 2 August 01:00 UK Time (Qualification) Wednesday 4 August 12:15 UK Time (Final)

2021 Furthest Throws

2021 RankingsDistance (m)AthleteCountry
182.98Paweł FajdekPoland
282.71Rudy WinklerUSA
381.36Wojciech NowickiPoland
480.78Mykhaylo KokhanUkraine
579.7Quentin BigotFrance
679.39Daniel HaughUSA
779.27Sean DonnellyUSA
879.19Marcel LomnickýSlovakia
979.06Valeriy PronkinAuthorised Neutral Athlete
1078.68Diego Del RealMexico

British interest

Britain has two entrants in Tokyo, Taylor Campbell and British record holder Nick Miller. Both have thrown impressively this year (78.23m and 78.07m respectively) and will aim for the final. Nick Miller has only thrown once this year and has a best of over 80 metres. If he is in that sort of shape he has genuine hopes of a medal.

The favourites

Poland have strong representation in Tokyo. Wojciech Nowicki has four major medals, all bronze, and sits third in this year’s furthest throws. Pawel Fajdek has won the last four World Championships and has to start as the favourite, that is despite never having figured in the Olympics.

Twenty-year-old Mykhaylo Kokhan beat both of them in Székesfehérvár and could be the event and Ukraine’s next big star.

One man who hasn’t been beaten is Rudy Winkler of the USA, someone who has thrown over eighty metres three times this year. Such consistency puts him well in contention for his first global medal.

Our medal predictions

  1. Rudy Winkler
  2. Pawel Fajdek
  3. Mykhalyo Kokhan


WR: 86.74m Yuriy Sedykh (1986)

OR: 84.80m Sergey Litvinov (1988 Seoul)

Featured image “Day 5 Athletics (19 Aug 2010)” by Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

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