Thompson breaks U.S. Trials javelin record, settles for 2nd, falls an agonizing 5 INCHES from Olympics

VFJAIVANBAJAKMN.20160326000324Florence native Curtis Thompson bombed a meet-record 271-11 throw on his first attempt, then hung on for second place at the U.S. Olympic Trials javelin at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Despite placing second and holding the meet record for about half an hour, Thompson, the NCAA champion for Mississippi State as a sophomore this spring, will not represent the U.S. in the Olympics.

He needed to throw 272-4 by today to meet the Olympic standard and make the trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. So he wound up five inches from becoming an Olympian.

In previous years, athletes could chase marks after the Trials, but that practice has been disallowed this year, according to the USATF.

Veteran Cyrus Hostetler knocked Thompson out of the lead when he threw 273-1 on his fifth throw.

Hostetler, Sam Crouser and Sean Furey are the only Americans with the Olympic standard. So that trio will head to Rio, even though Crouser and Furey placed fourth and 11th in the Trials.

In other words, the Olympic Trials had no bearing on who made the Olympic team.

Thompson’s previous career-best 265-10 at the Florida Relays in Tallahassee in April.

Thompson broke the United States Olympic Trials new-implement record of 270-4, set in Breaux Greer. The current implement has been in use since 1988.

His mark in turn was broken half an hour later by Hostetler, who threw 273-1 on his fifth throw, breaking a seven-year-old personal-best.

Thompson’s 271-11 is No. 17 in U.S. history, No. 29 in the world this year, No. 2 among Americans this year and No. 6 on the all-time college list.

Thompson followed his 271-11 throw with a 238-5 and a foul. In the finals, he threw 236-7, 253-1 and 256-1 on his final attempt.

Here is a look at the updated all-time Trials performance list:

273- 1 … Cyrus Hostetler, 2016 [1]
271-11 … Curtis Thompson, 2016 [2]
270-  4 … Breaux Greer, 2004 [1]
268-  6 … Todd Riech, 1996 [1]
267-  8 … Tom Pukstys, 1996 [2]
261-10 … Brian Chaput, 2004 [2]
261-  4 … Dave Stephens, 1988 [1]
261-  4 … Riley Dolezal, 2016 []
260-  8 … Brian Crouser, 1988 [2]
260-  8 … Tom Petranoff, 1988 [3]
257-  7 … Mike Barnett, 1988 [4]

And here’s the updated all-time U.S. performance list:

  • 299- 6 … Breaux Greer, Indianapolis, June 21, 2007
  • 292- 6 … Tom Petranoff, Potchefstroom, Jan. 3, 1991
  • 285- 9 … Tom Pukstys, Jena, May 28, 1968
  • 276- 2 … Mike Barnett, Santa Barbara, Calif., July 11, 1991
  • 275-10 … Tim Glover, Tennessee Relays, Knoxville, April 11, 2015
  • 275- 2 … Dave Stephens, Knoxville, May 3, 1991
  • 275- 2 … Chris Hill, Eugene, Ore., June, 25, 2009
  • 275- 0 … Roald Bradstock, Tucson, Ariz., May 2, 1987
  • 274- 9 … Leigh Smith Athens, Ga., May 9, 2008
  • 273-11 … Riley Dolezal, Des Moines, Iowa, June 23, 2013
  • 273- 4 … Sam Crouser, Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore., June 25, 2012
  • 273- 1 … Cyrus Hostetler, Pepsi Team, Eugene, Ore., July 4, 2016
  • 272- 9 … Sam Humphreys, Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore., June 23, 2012
  • 272- 3 … Brian Crouser Corvallis, May 16, 1987
  • 272- 2 … Corey White, Texas Relays, Austin, April 4, 2009
  • 271-11 … Curtis Thompson, U.S. Trials, Eugene, July 4, 2016
  • 271- 5 … Duncan Atwood, San Jose, Calif., June 26, 1987
  • 271- 5 … Sean Furey, Lisle, Ill., June 9, 2012
  • 270- 5 … Ed Kaminski, Emporia, Kans., May 14, 1994
  • 270- 0 … Craig Kinsley, Lisle, Ill., June 9, 2012
  • 269- 8 … Mike Hazle, Doha, May 9, 2008,
  • 269- 5 … Todd Riech, Gateshead, Aug. 19, 1996
  • 265- 2 … Rob Curtis, Norwalk, Calif., June 14, 1990
  • 263-11 … Brian Chaput, Princeton, N.J., April 23, 2005
  • 263- 0 … Ty Sevin College Station, Texas, April 15, 2000
  • 263- 1 … Adam Montague, Drake Relays, Des Moines, Iowa, April 25, 2008

And here’s an all-time collegiate list, with every collegiate that’s ever thrown 265 feet. It  shows Thompson at No. 16 overall and No. 11 among American collegians. Those shown with an asterisk hit their PR outside the college season. If they had an in-season mark over 265 feet as well, it’s also listed.

292- 4 … Patrik Boden [Texas/Sweden], 1990
288- 4* … Matt Närhi [UTEP/Finland], 1999
279- 1* … Pål Arne Fagernes [Arizona State], 1996
275- 2* … Chris Hill [Georgia], 2009
273- 4* … Sam Crouser [Oregon], 2015
273- 3 … Tom Pukstys [Florida], 1990
273- 2 …… Narhi, 1999
272-10 … Cyrus Hosteler [Oregon], 2009
272- 9* … Sam Humphreys [Texas A&M], 2013
272- 2 … Corey White [USC], 2009
272- 1* … John Ampomah [Ghana/Middle Tennessee], 2015
271-11* … Curtis Thompson [Mississippi State], 2016
271- 0 … Dag Wennlund [Sweden/Texas], 1987
268- 8 …… Humphreys, 2013
268- 7 … Ioannis Kyriazis [Greece/Texas A&M], 2016
268- 7 … Esko Mikkola [Finland/Arizona], 1998
268- 4 …… Hill [Georgia], 2009
267-11 … Leigh Smith [Tennessee], 2004
268- 0 … Tim Glover [Illinois State], 2012
265-10 …… Thompson [Mississippi State], 2016

Deptford graduate Tim VanLiew,a former All-America soccer goalie and two-time NCAA Division 3 javelin champion, finished seventh at 236-8.

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