Olympian Harold ‘Hal’ Connolly, hammer legend, dies at age 79
our masters hammer friend, passes along very sad news: Four-time Olympian Hal Connolly,
a track Hall of Famer
, died tonight in Catonsville, Md. Effortlessthrow.org
also reported the news. Alluding to Tom Gage
, an earlier loss to the sport, George writes: “There seems to be a big hammer meet in heaven this summer. We have just lost the greatest American hammer thrower of all time. We need to honor Haroldâ€™s passion for youth hammer throwing by getting behind the USATF rule change at this Decemberâ€™s USATF annual meeting that would allow youth hammer throwing to start at age 13, so we may someday develop the world class hammer throwers that he exemplified. Harold told me this was the last time he would be able to fight for his cause. We need to continue this fight and make it happen in his honor.” Statman Bob Gourley
, who first reported the news, wrote: “I have just received calls from Adam Connolly
and Conor McCullough
telling me that Harold Connolly passed away. I donâ€™t have any details, but the hammer throw community has lost a great friend and mentor to so many.” Hal competed in the inaugural 1975 World Masters Track & Field Championships in Toronto, taking third in the hammer. His website
promotes the event. He even chronicled its history.
Former world record holder Hal Connolly took third in the M40 hammer at the first masters worlds in Toronto, back in 1975.
August 18, 2010