A mind-blowing historical Curtis Thompson fact and tons of other crazy javelin stats heading into Worlds!!!!!!

Curtis Thompson begins his quest for his first international medal on Thursday, and he goes into the World Championships with a unique place in javelin history.

Thompson threw 287-9 at the American JavFest on July 9 in East Stroudsburg, which is not only makes him the 3rd-best thrower in U.S. history but also the youngest athlete in U.S. history to ever throw that far.

Thompson’s 287-9 is the 5th-farthest throw in U.S. history, and the farthest by more than two feet by anybody before their 30th birthday.

And Thompson still has 3 ½ years before his 30th birthday.

So he is without question the top young javelin thrower in American history.

Thompson is ranked No. 7 in the world with his 287-9 going into his first international competition, the 2022 World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., where Thompson won the 2016 NCAA title and last year’s Olympic Trials.

The javelin is such a technical event that most world-class throwers don’t reach their peak until their early 30s. So the sky is the limit for Thompson’s future.

Here’s a look at the top 10 single throws in American history, along with the thrower’s age on the day of the meet:
299-6 … Breaux Greer, Indianapolis, 2007 [30 years, 252 days]
297-7 …….. Greer, Carson Calif., 2007 [30 years, 231 days]
292-6 … Tom Petranoff, Potchefstroom, Russia, 1991 [32 years, 335 days]
291-1 …….. Greer, Oslo, Norway, 2007 [30 years, 246 days]
287-9 … Curtis Thompson, East Stroudsburg, 2022 [26 years, 151 days]
287-8 …….. Greer, Monaco, 2004 [27 years, 335 days]
287-6 …….. Greer, Walnut, Calif., 2005 [28 years, 180 days]
286-8 …….. Greer, Bergen, Norway, 2004 [27 years, 235 days]
286-3 …….. Greer, Athens, Greece, 2004 [27 years, 308 days]
285-9 … Tom Pukstys, Jena, Germany, 1997 [28 years, 362 days]

The best previous throw by an American 26 or younger was Greer’s 285-5 in Edmonton in August 2001, about two months after he turned 25.

Internationally, Thompson ranks 7th in the world and 4th among athletes 26 or younger. The top thrower in the world is Thompson’s former Mississippi State teammate, 24-year-old Anderson Peters of Grenada, who threw 305-4 – No. 5 in world history – at the Wanda Diamond League meet at Suhaim bin Hamed Stadium in Doha, Qatar, in May.

Peters, Thompson and Tyriq Horsford of Trinidad and Tobago swept the javelin at the 2016 NCAA Championships, the first NCAA javelin sweep since Oregon in 1964.

The qualifying rounds of the javelin are scheduled for 8:05 p.m. Thursday. The top 12 qualifiers advance to the finals slated for 9:35 p.m. Saturday.

Here’s a look at all of Thompson’s lifetime 260-foot throws:
287-9 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 9, 2022
273-4 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 9, 2022
271-11… Olympic Trials, Hayward Field, Eugene, July 4, 2016
271-7 … Olympic Trials, Hayward Field, Eugene, June 21, 2021
269-7 …American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 9, 2022
268-1 … Oregon Relays, Hayward Field, Eugene, April 23, 2022
267-2 … USATF Throws Festival, Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., May 22, 2021
266-5 … USATF Throws Festival, Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., May 21, 2022
265-10 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 17, 2021
265-10 … Florida State Relays, Mike Long Track, Tallahassee, Fla., March 25, 2016
265-7 … Victoria Track Classic, Centennial Stadiumn, Victoria, British Columbia, June 15, 2022
264-8 … USATF Throws Festival, Roy P. Drachman Stadium, Tucson, Ariz., May 21, 2022
264-1 … USATF Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, Ore., June 26, 2022
263-10 … 94th annual Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Mike A. Myers Stadium, Austin, Texas, March 25, 2022
260-11 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 30, 2016
260-1 … NACAC Under-23, San Salvador, Estadio Jorge “Mágico” González, June 17, 2016

And here’s a look at the top-10 throws ever on U.S. soil:
91.29 … Breaux Greer [USA], Indianapolis, June 21, 2007
90.71 …….. Greer, Carson, Calif., May 20, 2007
89.88 … Thomas Röhler [GER], Eugene, Ore., May 25, 2018
89.34 … Johannes Vetter [GER], Eugene, Ore., May 25, 2018
89.10 … Patrik Bodén [SWE], Austin, Texas, March 24, 1990
88.16 … Jan Železný [CZE], Atlanta, Aug. 3, 1996
88.01 … Ioannis Kyriazis [GRE], Austin, Texas, March 31, 2017
87.70 … Curtis Thompson [USA], East Stroudsburg, Pa., July 9, 2022
87.65 …….. Greer, Walnut, Calif., April 17, 2005

And the top 10 throws ever at Hayward Field:
89.88 … Thomas Röhler [GER], Hayward Classic, May 25, 2018
89.34 … Johannes Vetter [GER], Hayward Classic, May 25, 2018
84.68 … Julius Yego [KEN], Hayward Classic, May 28, 2016
84.65 … Vadims Vasiļevskis [LAT], Hayward Classic, June 2, 2012
83.87 … Chris Hill [USA], USA Championships, June 25, 2009
83.78 … Vítězslav Veselý [CZE], Hayward Classic, June 2, 2012
83.75 …….. Veselý, Prefontaine Classic, May 31, 2014
83.08 … Sean Furey [USA], USA Championships, June 25, 2015
83.06 … Tom Pukstys [USA], USA Championships, June 19, 1993
82.72 … Anderson Peters [GRN], Oregon Relays, April 24, 2021
82.58 … Ioannis Kyriazis [GRE], NCAA Championships, June 7, 2017

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