In his final tuneup for the Olympics, Curtis Thompson bombed the No. 4 throw of his life Saturday.
Thompson, competing at the American Javfest at South High School in East Stroudsburg (Pa.), threw 265-10, only six feet off his lifetime-best 271-11, which he set at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Here’s a look at Thompson’s five-best throws – all five of his meets over 80 meters (262-5):
271-11: July 4, 2016, U.S. Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore.
271-7: June 21, 2021, U.S. Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore.
267-2: May 22, 2021, USATF Throws Fest, Tucson, Ariz.
265-10: July 17, 2021, American Javfest, East Stroudsburg, Pa.
262-6: March 25, 2016, Florida State Relays, Tallahassee, Fla.
Thompson, a graduate of Florence High School, won the Olympic Trials last month and eventually clinched a spot on the U.S. Olympic team headed for Tokyo through a long and complicated ranking process administered by the IAAF.
On Saturday, Thompson opened with a 254-0, 252-6 and 250-5 in the trials before a 258-6, 265-10 and 254-7 in the finals.
Michael Shuey, who will also represent the U.S. in Tokyo, had a best of 261-0 until he popped a lifetime-best 281-1 on his final throw. That bumped Thompson’s 271-7 as the No. 1 throw by an American this year. It’s also No. 4 in U.S. history and 9 in the world this year. His previous PR was a 273-0 in Minsk, Belarus, in 2019.
Thompson opens competition in the Olympics in Tokyo on Aug. 4.