Anita Wlodarczyk

Anita Wlodarczyk is also the world record holder in the discipline with a gigantic 82.98m throw and is regarded as the greatest female athlete of all time in the event.
Anita Włodarczyk in a file photo (Image Credits - Instagram/ @anitawlodarczykk)

Anita Wlodarczyk is a hammer thrower from Poland. She is a three-time Olympic champion in the women’s hammer throw, having won the titles in three successive editions in 2012, 2016, and 2020 Olympic Games. She is also the world record holder in the discipline with a gigantic 82.98m throw and is regarded as the greatest female athlete of all time in the event.

Junior Athletic Career

In 2007, Włodarczyk achieved her first significant milestone by winning her first national U23 championship. This victory led to the qualification of her for the European Athletics U23 Championships, the same year.

Senior Professional Career

At the Olympic Games 2008, Anita Włodarczyk claimed the sixth position in the hammer throw competition. She earned a bronze medal in the 2008 World Athletics Final. The following year saw her participate in the European Team Championships in 2009, where she won her first gold medal in a major international competition. On 30 May 2009, Włodarczyk achieved a personal best throw of 76.20 meters in Biała Podlaska and surpassed her previous record by 81 cm. She bettered her own  record to 76.59 m at the Golden Spike Ostrava.

Ahead of the World Athletics Championships in 2009, Włodarczyk won in a competition with a world-leading throw of 77.20 meters. This throw was ranked the fourth longest by a woman in the hammer throw event. On 22 August 2009, during the World Championships in Berlin, she rewrote the world record with a throw of 77.96 meters.

In 2010, Włodarczyk smashed her own world record with a 78.30-metre hammer throw at the Enea Cup in Bydgoszcz. In the same year, she won bronze at the European Athletics Championships and secured the second overall rank for the season in the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge and finished behind Betty Heidler. At the Summer Olympics 2012, she clinched the silver medal with a throw of 77.60 m. Later, in 2016, her silver medal was upgraded to gold after Tatyana Lysenko of Russia was stripped of her medal due to a positive result in the reassesment of her stored doping samples.

Włodarczyk achieved another significant milestone in 2014 when she won the European Athletics Championship with a throw of 78.76, setting a new championship and national record. She continued her record-breaking streak on 1 August 2015 by establishing a new world record with a throw of 81.08 meters, becoming the first woman to throw the hammer beyond 80 meters.

In 2016, Włodarczyk had an eventful year as she won the gold medal at the Rio Olympics with a world record throw of 82.29 meters. Shortly after, on 28 August 2016, she established another world record with a throw of 82.98 meters at the EAA 7th Kamila Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw, just two weeks after the Olympic Games.

As of 2020, Włodarczyk dominated the women’s hammer throw charts and held all of the top 15 results and 27 out of the top 30. She continued her winning streak at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 by winning the hammer throw event with a throw of 78.48 m. Włodarczyk’s remarkable achievement of winning the event on three occasions consecutively remains unmatched in women’s hammer throw.

Medals at Major Championships

Event Total Gold Silver Bronze
Olympics 3 3 0 0
World Athletics Championships 4 4 0 0
European Championships 5 4 0 1
European Team Championships 3 2 1 0

Personal Life

Anita Włodarczyk was born on August 8, 1985. Since childhood, she has been passionate about sports. During her elementary school years, she was particularly fond of athletics and basketball. At that time, she was unfamiliar with the concept of a hammer throw; instead, she found joy in sprinting, long jumping, and ball throwing. She often found herself captivated by watching track and field events on television, such as the Olympic Games and the World Athletics Championships.

It wasn’t until she was 16 that she began participating in athletics. Initially, she trained in shot put and discus throw. At the age of 17, she ventured into the world of hammer throw training. At this point, her dreams started to take shape. She pictured herself winning medals at prestigious events like the Olympic Games, World Athletics Championships, and European Athletics Championships. Little did she know that she would be breaking world records in the coming years.

Records set at Major Events

Event Best Result Discipline Mark Medal/ Place
Olympic Games Rio Olympics 2016 Hammer Throw 82.29 m (previous World Record) Gold
World Athletics Championships Beijing, China 2015 Hammer Throw 80.85 m Gold
European Championships Berlin, Germany 2018 Hammer Throw 78.94 m Gold

Gallery

Anita Włodarczyk with the IOC President Thomas Bach (Image Credits - Twitter)

Anita Włodarczyk with the IOC President Thomas Bach (Image Credits - Twitter)

Anita Włodarczyk with the Polish flag at Tokyo Olympics 2020 (Image Credits - Instagram/ @anitawlodarczykk)

Anita Włodarczyk with the Polish flag at Tokyo Olympics 2020 (Image Credits - Instagram/ @anitawlodarczykk)

Anita Włodarczyk at the Rio Olympics 2016 (Image Credits - Twitter)

Anita Włodarczyk at the Rio Olympics 2016 (Image Credits - Twitter)

Anita Wlodarczyk in a file photo (Credit-Twitter)

Anita Wlodarczyk in a file photo (Credit-Twitter) Anita Wlodarczyk in a file photo (Credit-Twitter)