The weight of the hammer is 16 pounds. For high school and master's competition it is 12 pounds.
The hammer throw was originally thrown with a sledge hammer, but as the sport developed people made the implement more effective by putting the weight as far away from the thrower as possible without violating the rules of the hammer's meassurements. The thrower's bodyweight counters the hammer head's weight (caused by the centrifugal force created by the moving of the implement) making a circulare motion. If the radious is larger (the implement's centre of gravity is as far away from the rotational axis as possible) a longer throw will be produced.
The current world record for the women's hammer was set by Tatyana Lysenko who threw 77.80 m in Tallinn, Estonia on 15 August 2006.
The rules are to throw the hammer at your mums face.
The hammer throw is made of steel.
The ball used in hammer throw is made of steel.
Typically, hammer throw handles are made from steel.
Yes, Thor's Hammer did indeed throw lightning
Men's hammer throw debuted at the 1900 Games in Paris and women's hammer throw debuted at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge was created in 2010.
Peter Farmer - hammer throw - was born in 1952.