Hammer Throw Agonistes, by Martin Bingisser, note by Larry Eder

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Martin Bingisser is a devotee of the hammer throw. Okay, he's a hammer geek. And for most of you, dear readers, you can replace the word hammer with hurdle, distance, jumps, etc. It is a good thing. Consider his note and comments. If we truly believe that track & field has an event for everyone, then, Martin makes a heck of a lot of sense....


Hello everyone,

As you all know, I am passionate about the hammer throw. Throughout high school, I had a front row seat to the event's growth in the pacific northwest. For the past few years, we have been trying to take the movement national, but have met resistance from the USATF. Harold Connolly worked tirelessly and was ultimately unsuccessful in his attempts to get the USATF to add the hammer throw for the youth (13-14 year old) age group despite the fact that the IAAF and IOC approve the event at that level. The issue is up for a vote again at this year's USATF Annual Meeting and I am trying to rally some people in support of the issue, which is normally one that stays under the radar.

You all run successful track websites and blogs. If you get a chance, it would be great if you could link to this post I just put up on the issue: http://www.mbingisser.com/2010/11/the-hammer-throw-a-political-cause-you-can-believe-in/

If you are even more motivated, feel free to write about the topic on your own pages. I don't care if you are for or against it, I just want to see this issue get a fair debate and vote for once.

Cheers,

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