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Praveen Kumar (actor)

Praveen Kumar Sobti is an Indian hammer and discus thrower, film actor, and politician. As an athlete he won four medals at the Asian Games, including two gold medals, and competed in two Olympics. As an actor, he starred in more than 50 Hindi films and played the famous character of "Bheem" in BR Chopra's television series Mahabharat that started in 1988. As a politician he contested the 2013 Delhi Legislative elections on an Aam Aadmi Party ticket, but lost. Subsequently, in 2014, he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.

 
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Anita Włodarczyk

Anita Włodarczyk is a Polish hammer thrower. She is the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion and the first woman in history to throw the hammer over 80 m; she currently holds the women's world record of 82.98 m. She is considered the greatest women’s hammer thrower of all time.

 
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Koji Murofushi

Koji Alexander Murofushi is a former Japanese hammer thrower and sports scientist. He has been among the world elite since the 2001 World Championships, where he won the silver medal. He was the 2004 Olympic champion. In 2011, he was crowned world champion.

 
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Yuriy Sedykh

Yuriy Georgiyevich Sedykh is a retired Soviet track and field athlete who represented the Soviet Union, specialising in the hammer throw. He was a World and Olympic Champion and holds the world record with a throw of 86.74 m.

 
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Pat O'Callaghan

Dr. Patrick "Pat" O'Callaghan was an Irish athlete and Olympic gold medallist. He was the first athlete from an independent Ireland to win an Olympic medal in sport and is regarded as one of Ireland's greatest-ever athletes.

 
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Betty Heidler

Betty Heidler is a retired German track and field athlete who competed in the hammer throw. She held the world record from 2011 until 2014 with her personal best throw of 79.42 m.

 
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Dilshod Nazarov

Dilshod Jamoliddinovich Nazarov is a Tajikistani track and field athlete who specializes in the hammer throw. He has represented his country at the Olympic Games on four occasions, winning the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, the first gold medal for Tajikistan in the history of the Olympic Games.

 
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Jennifer Dahlgren

Jennifer Dahlgren Fitzner is an Argentine hammer thrower. Having spent much of her life in the United States, she competed as an amateur for the University of Georgia. She set the US collegiate hammer record and was the NCAA Outdoor champion in both 2006 and 2007. She is a three-time gold medallist at the South American Championships and won the bronze medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.

 
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Kamila Skolimowska

Kamila Skolimowska was a Polish hammer thrower. She is best known for her gold medal in the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics, which made her the youngest Olympic hammer champion, as well as for her two medals from the European Championships. Her personal best throw, and former Polish record, was 76.83 metres, achieved in May 2007 in Doha. She died on the 18 February 2009 in Vila Real de Santo António, Portugal at the Polish national team training camp.

 
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Paweł Fajdek

Paweł Fajdek is a Polish hammer thrower with personal best 83.93 metres. He is a three-time World Champion in the event.

 
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Sergey Litvinov (athlete, born 1958)

Sergey Nikolaevich Litvinov was a Russian hammer thrower and athletics coach. He competed at the 1980 Summer Olympics and the 1988 Summer Olympics, missing the 1984 Summer Olympics due to the Soviet boycott, and won a silver and a gold medal, respectively. He also won two world titles, in 1983 and 1987. After retiring from competitions he coached elite hammer throwers including Ivan Tsikhan and his son Sergey.

 
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Ralph Rose

Ralph Waldo Rose was an American track and field athlete. He was born in Healdsburg, California.

 
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Amanda Bingson

Amanda Yvette Bingson is an American track and field athlete specializing in the hammer throw. She is the current American record holder in the event with a distance of 75.73 m set at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

 
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Ivan Tsikhan

Ivan Ryhoravich Tsikhan is a Belarusian hammer thrower. He is a two-time world champion and an Olympic medalist.

 
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Lisa Misipeka

Lisa Vasa Misipeka is an American Samoan athlete who specialises in the hammer throw. She won the bronze medal at the 1999 World Championships in Athletics. First place was 75.20m, second place 72.56m, and 9m behind first and 6.5m behind second was Misipeka in third with 66.06m. It was the first ever international medal for American Samoa, and the greatest difference in distance between the first three medal places. The flag bearer for American Samoa at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece where she did not record a distance in the qualifying round of the women's hammer due to a knee injury and therefore did not advance to the final.