The athlete spins around several times before releasing the hammer to great distances of well over 200 feet. Picking
up more spped on every rotation is the key to getting a long throw.
What a lot of people don't realise is that the hammer thrower is a very athletic person. They have to be to generate
the speed required to throw the hammer to those great distances.
The greatest ever was Yuiry Sedhik who competed for the USSR. The USSR usually had the best athletes in this event, few
could challenge them. Yuiry's record still stands from 1986.