Curtis Thompson finishes 22nd in javelin at Olympics in Tokyo!!!

Curtis Thompson of Florence placed 22nd in the javelin at the Olympic Games in Tokyo Wednesday morning.

Thompson, competing in the second group of 16 throwers, threw 256-6, 256-2 and 255-6 on his three attempts in the qualifying round.

Although it wasn’t the performance he was hoping for, Thompson had a spectacular 2021 season, with his second national title, his first Olympic Trials title, his best throw in five years and a chance to represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games.

The top 12 throwers advanced to the finals on Saturday. The cut-off was 268-1 [81.73].

Thompson has thrown 268-1 twice  – both times in the Olympic Trials, both times in Eugene. He threw 271-11 in 2016 an d 271-7 in June.

Thompson ranks No. 16 in U.S. history and ranks No. 22 in the world this year.

The other American in Tokyo, Michael Shuey, competing in Group A earlier in the evening, fouled on all three of his attempts.

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