The Oberlin Review

Because the hammer throw is banned at most high schools across the country, many of Oberlin’s throwers were first introduced to the event when they arrived on campus. After years of hard work, College senior Hank Sinn and College junior Maya English have a chance to qualify for nationals in the event.

Oberlin’s Hammer Throwers Compete With Passion, Win Big, Despite Dangers

May 3, 2019

The hammer throw might be the most dangerous event in the sport of track and field. It injures, and occasionally kills, more athletes and spectators per year than any other track and field event. Because of its inherent danger, it has been banned from most high school programs across the country. Ironically enough, for many Oberlin field athletes who participate in the hammer throw along with shot put, javelin, and weight throw, the hammer remains their favorite event. “Yeah, there’s...

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