America's Irish-born Matt McGrath won the Olympic hammer title at Stockholm in 1912 in such dominating fashion that the shortest of his six throws was over 4.5 metres longer than any other competitor and set a record that stood for 24 years. He also won silver medals at London in 1908 and Paris 1924. In 2002, Nenagh in County Tipperary erected a statue in the town square honouring the achievement.