Participants throw a metal ball tied to a thin wire in the hammer throw, which is a class track and field event. According to Hammerthrow.org, the men’s hammer weighs 16 pounds. The hammer for women weighs 8.8 pounds.
The ball and wire have evolved in size and structure over time. The hammers were constructed of forged iron when the sport first gained popularity in the United Kingdom in the mid-1880s, and there was no uniform weight. The ball’s actual weight varied depending on the event. In 1875, England adopted the present weight of 16 pounds for the men’s hammer.
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