Kathrin Klaas, Germany, 5th of IAAF list
"Hammerthrow is a a unique event: the precise coming together of dynamic movement, intricate technique, elegance and explosive power propells the hammer at a speed of over 100 km/h. The energy of almost every muscle in the body concentrates in the moment of release. The hammer weighs between 4 and 7 kilograms and the lady athletes still manage to throw it further than any other throwing
event, the male throwers are only surpassed by the javelin throwers.
To reach these distances, mass (bulk) and the combination of speed
and maximum power have long seized to be enough. Modern throwers,
women and men, are complete athletes, the explosive strength, the
control, feel and the elegance of motion, coalesce. Hammerthrow
requires that athletes possess a wide range of capabilities and
this makes this discipline as appealing as it is fascinating.
With our initiative we want to make hammerthrow accesible to a
weider range of public. We want more people to have the possibility
to get to know the discipline and the athletes. The hammerthrow
should receive the recognition it deserves. Then those who learn more
about it and those who decide to try it out themselves will know
what we know: hammerthrow is awesome!"
Jenny Dahlgren, Argentina, South America record holder
"Amo el lanzamiento del martillo porque es un baile. Un baile
rapido y explosivo donde uno gira cada vez mas rapido
hasta casi perder el control. Pero todo esta controlado,
es un caos controlado y por eso me encanta tanto. Me
encanta el baile que mi martillo y yo hacemos juntos."
Martin Bingisser, Switzerland, Swiss Champion
"(...) Let’s be clear, the hammer throw faces a chicken and egg problem:
are we excluded from so many competitions because we aren’t as popular, or are
we not popular because we have been excluded from competitions? Answering that
question is futile since the real solution simply lies in looking forward and bringing more
attention to our sport. We have to push for the hammer throw and let those in power know
that we will not just roll over if we continue to be excluded. (...) So what do we do now?
Continue to keep the topic public. The more we discuss it in public, the better. (...) But
most of all make sure the athletics community knows that this problem exists and it will
not go away. As with the USATF issue, both sides can benefit with the right solution."
Stéphanie Falzon, France, most successful active female thrower of France
"J’aime avant tout l’effort physique en général. J’aime transpirer, forcer…
J’ai trouvé en pratiquant ce sport tout ce que je recherchais. Le lancer de marteau
c’est l’alliance de la technique, la force, la vitesse, l’équilibre, la coordination
et pleins d’autres choses encore. Il procure des sensations extrêmes. Si on
commence à gouter à elles on ne peut plus s’en passer !!
Et les lanceurs font partis d’une grande famille .
C’est ce qui fait leur force.
Tout le monde se respecte et
c’est ce qui fait que le lancer
est diffèrent des autres disciplines…
Hammer throw for ever!"
Zalina Marghieva, Moldova
"Почему я люблю молот.. ну потому что этот вид спорта покорил мое сердце и мою душу ! Ощущения когда стаешь в кругу, во круг тебя стоят люди и с замиранием сердца ждут сто же будет...
просто неописуемы . Я может сейчас буду не совсем объективной, но кто меня осудит,
но я считаю что молот самый веселый, самый зрелищный вид спорта,
и исключать его из Бриллиантовой Лиги ну просто не правильно.
Мы часть все этого, и хотим по праву выступать на ровне со всеми,
так почему не дать нам шанс? Я считаю мы этого заслуживаем,
Eva Orban, Hungary
"Sokan, sokfele okbol sportolunk, de szamomra a kalapacsvetes kulonleges szerepet tolt be
az eletemben. A kalapacsvetes miatt olyan helyekre juthattam el es olyan elmenyekben
vehettem reszt amit maskulonben nem tudhatnek
magamenak, s talan a legfontosabb hogy az Egyesult
Allamokban elhettem, amit a kalapacsvetesnek koszonhetek.
Szeretem, mert az egyik legosszetettebb sportag, es ha mar itt tartok, akkor
ideznem Nemeth Pali bacsi szavait: “Egy kalapacsvetonek ugy kell futnia mint egy sprinter,
ugy kell sulytemelnie mint egy sulyemelo, ugy kell usznia mint egy uszo, es olyan lazanak
kell lennie mint egy tornasz”. Nemeth Pali bacsi szavai mindig meghatarozoak lesznek
ebben a sportagban.
We just need more love! Fight on!"
Marcel Lomnicky, Slovakia
"The hammer throw is interesting sporting event. It requires a whole set of
attributes – enormous power, dynamics, speed, elasticity, and technique but
also a big dedication in training. I think that this sport is exactly what we want
to show everyone on big international meets because it is very interesting for
audience. Every person who has ever seen me throw for the first time in their life
has said only one word – wow! And it was not important if they we children, adults
or even retired. The hammer throw makes people think about what they actually
saw and do not get satisfy with only one observation. They want to see more,
they want to understand what they just saw and even after multiple observations
it does not stop fascinate them. I truly believe that this is what track and field
Kibwé Johnson, USA
"The dance between athlete and hammer is the most beautiful movement in track AND field. People are always intrigued, want to see more. This is why we need more exposure."
Sultana Frizell, Canada
"What is there not to love about the hammer! A dance over 3 to 4 revolutions to release this mid-evil looking implement through a small upright cage and into a sector. The fine line that hammer athletes deal with is holding together controlled ciaos to produce a best throw. So many things can go wrong, but when it is right there is no better feeling then hurling a hammer to a personal best mark. For me, I have not found anything else to match the feeling I get between me and my hammer. Hammer is my life, it is my job, and everyday I wake up excited to go to work. I love this sport and wish for its inclusion in the Diamond League, to show everyone just how far a hammer can go."
We want to bring our sport, the hammer throw to a wider range of public attention. We want to offer opportunities to learn more about our event and about the athletes involved.
We want to bring the hammer throw up for public discussion and increase the media interest in our sport. We want to disprove the prejudices placed against our event and correct the wrongful image of our field event.
We want all events in the Olympic charter of Athletics to be treated with equality in every aspect, be it socially, athletically or financially.
We want that hammer throw to be treated equally to all other Track and Field events, being included in the highest levels of competition– especially including the elite meetings and venues scheduled throughout the year.
We want the hammer throw to be considered when the Diamond League and IAAF meet in 2012 to decide the logistics of the new program. Our goal is for the hammer throw to be included in the Diamond League starting in 2013.
This is what the hammer throwers want, to be viewed and treated as equals among athletes. This is what the hammer throw needs, so that the sport will continue to grow, to motivate and support today’s hammer throwers as well as streamlining role models for the youngsters. This is what the hammer throwers deserve: to have the same chances as their fellow athletes of competing in top venues in elite competitions with the world as their stage. Anything less would be blatant discrimination on behalf of the IAAF, going against their very own charter.
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