Continuing with our roundup of ranking the top athletes, here we are with the throws.
* = entered in the Aviva London Grand Prix on Friday/Saturday
1. Reese Hoffa* (USA)
2. Tomasz Majewski* (POL)
3. Dylan Armstrong* (CAN)
4. Ryan Whiting (USA)
5. Christian Cantwell (USA)
also watch: Asmir Kolašinac (SRB), Justin Rodhe (CAN), Maksim Sidorov (RUS), Rutger Smith* (NED), David Storl (GER)
Hoffa is riding a bit of a win streak in the outdoor season. Majewski has been first or second in all of his major outdoor competitions. Armstrong has bee first or second in every outdoor competition save the Pre Classic, where he was third to Hoffa and Majewski. Whiting, the World Indoor champ in March, was second at the Olympic Trials. Cantwell recently threw a massive 22.31 meters, the furthest in the last four years, but it was at a tiny meet and he has consistently lost to the others.
1. Robert Harting (GER)
2. Ehsan Hadadi (IRI)
3. Virgilijus Alekna* (LTU)
4. Gerd Kanter* (EST)
5. Zoltán Kövágó (HUN)
also watch: Erik Cadee* (NED), Yennifer Frank Casañas* (ESP), Piotr Malachowski (POL), Mario Pestano (ESP), Rutger Smith* (NED)
Euro champ Harting has won all four of his major competitions. Hadadi, Alekna and Kövágó each have a single victory over significant competition; Kanter has no major wins but has been consistent, winning European silver over Kövágó.
1. Krisztián Pars (HUN)
Olexiy Sokyrskiyy (UKR) Kirill Ikonnikov (RUS)
3. Pawel Fajdek (POL)
4. Sergej Litvinov (RUS)
5. Pavel Kryvitski (BLR)
also watch: Oleksandr Dryhol (UKR),
Kirill Ikonnikov (RUS), Lukáš Melich (CZE), Koji Murofushi (JPN), Olexiy Sokyrskiyy (UKR), Szymon Ziólkowski (POL)
Since the hammer is not part of the Diamond League, competitive opportunities are a bit scarcer in this event and the above involves a lot of guesswork. There’s no guessing with Pars, however, as he won big comptitions in Madrid and Ostrava plus the European Championships and appears head and shoulders above the rest.
1. Vítezslav Veselý CZE
2. Oleksandr Pyatnytsya UKR
3. Vadims Vasilevskis LAT
4. Ari Mannio FIN
5. Fatih Avan TUR
also watch: Roderick Genki Dean JPN, Stuart Farquhar NZL, Tero Pitkämäki FIN, Antti Ruuskanen FIN, Andreas Thorkildsen NOR
Veselý’s six biggest competitions resulted in four wins and two seconds. Pyatnytsya gave him one of those losses at last week’s Paris Diamond League meet and Vasilevskis gave him the other at the Prefontaine Classic.