Christiaan ("Chris") Harmse (born 31 May 1973) is a South African hammer thrower. He has broken the African record seven times, and holds the championship record for both the African Championships and All-Africa Games.
|Representing South Africa|
|2010 New Delhi||Hammer throw|
|1998 Kuala Lumpur||Hammer throw|
|2006 Melbourne||Hammer throw|
|1999 Johannesburg||Hammer throw|
|2003 Abuja||Hammer throw|
|2007 Algiers||Hammer throw|
|2011 Maputo||Hammer throw|
|2015 Brazzaville||Hammer throw|
|1998 Dakar||Hammer throw|
|2002 Radès||Hammer throw|
|2004 Brazzaville||Hammer throw|
|2006 Bambous||Hammer throw|
|2008 Addis Ababa||Hammer throw|
|2010 Nairobi||Hammer throw|
|2012 Porto Novo||Hammer throw|
|2014 Marrakech||Hammer throw|
|2016 Durban||Hammer throw|
He has been a dominant presence in African hammer throwing since his first African Championships in Athletics in 1998 where he took gold with a championship record throw. He then went on to claim four consecutive African titles between 2002–2008, improving his own record along the way. His performances at the All-Africa Games have been equally dominant – he won his first title at the 1999 Games with a Games record and won twice more consecutively in 2003 and 2007, improving his record both times.
Although he won bronze medals at the 1998 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, he has had considerably less success on the world stage – despite four appearances at the World Championships in Athletics in his career, he has never qualified for the final of the event. Furthermore, he has never represented South Africa at the Olympics as he does not compete on Sundays, due to his religious views. Harmse is only the second Olympian to withdraw from the games for religious reasons.
On 22 April 2017, Harmse gained his twenty-second consecutive national hammer throw title at the South Africa Senior Track and Field Championships - Potchefstroom – a record unmatched by any athlete at the country's national championships. This has also been recorded as a World Record for most consecutive National Athletic Titles. He achieved this by besting Renaldo Frechou, whom himself gained the lead on his last throw with a distance of 70.30 meters. Tshepang Makhethe unfortunately threw a foul on his last, which in itself looked to be a monster. Chris stepped into the circle and threw a distance of 70.53 meters, realizing his ultimate dream. Chris managed to overcome immense pain and was up to 2 weeks before the competition completely out due to his knees. His physio and he worked very hard to get him into the circle for this momentous day.