Athletes throw a metal ball (7.26kg for men, 4kg for women) for distance that’s attached to a grip by a steel wire no longer than 1.22m while remaining inside a 2.135m diameter circle.
- In order for the throw to be measured the ball must land inside a marked 35-degree sector and the athlete must not leave the circle before it has landed, and then only from the rear half of the circle.
- The thrower usually makes three or four spins before releasing the ball. Athletes will commonly throw four or six times per competition. In the event of a tie, the winner will be the athlete with the next best effort.
- The competitor, in his starting position prior to the preliminary swings or turns, is allowed to put the head of the hammer on the ground inside or outside the circle.
- It shall not be considered a foul throw if the head of the hammer touches the ground, or the top of the iron band, when the competitor makes the preliminary swings or turns, but if, after having so touched the ground, or the top of the iron band, he stops throwing so as to begin the throw again, this shall count as a failure.
- If the hammer breaks during a throw or while in the air, it shall not count as a foul throw, provided the attempt was made in accordance with this Rule. If the competitor thereby loses his balance and contravenes any part of this Rule, it shall not be counted as a foul throw.
At Ginninderra’s Home Ground athletes in the interest of safety participate and train with a Safety Hammer. It is made from soft, light weight materials with safety in mind. It weighs 350gm and is 140mm in diameter. It is ideal introduction and training aid for athletes to master the art of the Hammer Throw.