Josh Awotunde takes 3rd in shot put in Diamond League meet in Poland!!!!!

In his first meet since he made the podium at the World Championships, Delsea’s Josh Awotunde placed 3rd Saturday in a Diamond League meet in Poland.

Awotunde threw 70-0 ½ at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Invitational at Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, Poland.

It was his 20th lifetime 70-foot throw, all since May 9 of last year.

Awotunde popped the three-best throws of his life to earn the bronze medal at the World Athletics Championships last month in Eugene, including a 73-1 ½ on his 5th throw that is the No. 18 throw in world history.

On Saturday, Awotunde finished 3rd behind Olympic silver medalist Joe Kovacs of the U.S. [71-5 ¾] and two-time Olympic medalist Tom Walsh of New Zealand [71-2 ¼].

ALL-TIME 70-FOOT THROWS
73-1 ½ … World Athletics Championships, Eugene, Ore., July 17, 2022 [5th throw, 3rd place]
72-11 ½ … World Athletics Championships, Eugene, Ore., July 17, 2022 [1st throw, —]
72-10 ¾ … World Athletics Championships, Eugene, Ore., July 17, 2022 [6th throw, —]
72-2 … Meeting Città di Padova, Stadio Colbachini, Padovad, Poland, Sept. 5, 2021 [series info NA, 1st place]
71-8 … U.S. Olympic Trials, Eugene, Ore., June 18, 2021 [6th throw, 5th place]
71-2 ¼i … World Athletics Indoors, Belgrade, Serbia, March 19, 2022 [3rd throw, 5th place]
71-2 ¼ … Gyulai István Memorial, Székesfehérvár, Hungary, July 6, 2021 [4th throw, 3rd place]
71-2 ¼ … World Athletics Championships, Eugene, Ore., July 17, 2022 [3rd throw, —]
71-1 ½ … Golden Games, Walnut, Calif., May 9, 2021 [6th throw, 2nd place]
70-11 ¾ … World Athletics Indoors, Belgrade, Serbia, March 19, 2022 [5th throw, 5th place]
70-11 ½ … USATF Golden Games, Walnut, Calif., April 16, 2022 [5th throw, 2nd place]
70-10 ¾ … USATF Golden Games, Walnut, Calif., April 16, 2022 [4th throw, —]
70-7 … USATF Championships, Eugene, Ore., June 24, 2022 [3rd throw, 2nd place]
70-6 ½ … Gyulai István Memorial, Székesfehérvár, Hungary, July 6, 2021 [6th throw, —]
70-6 ¼i … American Track League, Louisville, Ky., Feb. 12, 2022 [3rd throw, 1st place]
70-3 ½ … USATF Golden Games, Walnut, Calif., April 16, 2022 [3rd throw, —]
70-2 ½i … American Track League, Louisville, Ky., Feb. 12, 2022 [1st throw, —]
70-0 ½ … Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Invitational, Chorzów, Poland [Aug. 7, 2022 [5th throw, 3rd place]
70-0 ¼ … USATF Golden Games, Walnut, Calif., April 16, 2022 [2nd throw, —]
70-0 ¼ … World Athletics Indoors, Belgrade, Serbia, March 19, 2022 [2nd throw, —]

Curtis Thompson takes 3rd in Diamond League javelin debut with 5th-best lifetime throw!!!!!!!!!

In his Diamond League debut, Curtis Thompson popped the 5th-best throw of his life and placed 3rd in the javelin in a meet in Poland.

Thompson threw 270-3 at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Invitational at Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, Poland.

Despite 32 hours of travel to reach southern Poland, rainy conditions conditions and a borrowed javelin, Thompson surpassed 270 feet, which he had only done in three previous meets.

Thompson set his PR of 287-9 – No. 3 in U.S. history – and also threw 273-4 at the American JavFest in East Stroudsburg, last month, and hit 271-11 at the 2016 Olympic Trials in Eugene and 271-7 at last year’s Olympic Trials in Eugene. The full list of all his lifetime 260-foot throws is below.

This was Thompson’s first meet since he placed 11th at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene last month.

With conditions getting worse, nobody had their best throw of the competition on their 5th or 6th throw. Thompson followed his 270-3 on his 2nd attempt with a 261-6 on his 3rd. This was the 4th meet of Thompson’s career that he’s surpassed 260 feet twice in the same series. Three of those have been this year.

Three-time Olympian and 2021 silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic won the meet with a throw of 284-4 and Germany’s Julian Weber, an Olympian in 2016, was 2nd at 278-8.

CURTIS THOMPSON ALL-TIME 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
270- 3 … Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Invitational, Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland, Aug. 6, 2022
269- 7 …American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 9, 2022
268- 1 … Oregon Relays, Hayward Field, Eugene, April 23, 2022
268- 1 … World Athletics Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, July 21, 2022
267- 4 … World Athletics Championships, Hayward Field, Eugene, July 21, 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 Stadium, 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
261- 6 … Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Invitational, Silesian Stadium, Chorzów, Poland, Aug. 6, 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

AN INSANE TRIPLE JUMP PERFORMANCE AT WORLD U20 FOR HIGHLAND’S FLOYD WHITAKER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Highland graduate Floyd Whitaker turned in a monster performance in the triple jump final at the World Under-20 Championships in South America, with his first four lifetime jumps over 51 feet, his first-ever 52-foot jump and a 5th-place finish against the best young triple jumpers in the world.

What an incredible performance for the Clemonton native!!!!!

Whitaker, who entered the meet seeded 14th, moved up from 7th to 5th on his final jump with a massive lifetime-best 52-6 ¼ with a legal 0.1 meters-per-second tailwind.

He was the top American at World U20s and his 52-6 1/4 is the best jump this year by an American who doesn’t turn 20 this year.

He moved up to No. 25 on the overall U.S. 2022 performance list!

Whitaker, who recently finished his freshman year at the University of Minnesota, had set an outdoor PR of 50-11 ¾ in Thursday’s trials. That means he recorded the five-best legal outdoor jumps of his life in a 30-hour span in Colombia.

Whitaker’s overall PR coming into the meet was a 51-5 ¼ from a meet in January in Minneapolis.

He shattered that by more than a foot Friday evening at Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in Santiago de Cali, Colombia.

Whitaker fouled on his first jump but went 51-2 on his next attempt for his first PR of the day and second of the competition. He followed that with a 51-2 ¾ and, after a subpar jump on his 4th attempt, hit 51-0 ½ on his 5th before popping the 52-6 ¼.

His wind-legal outdoor PR before Thursday was 50-2 ¼ from the NCAA West Regional Preliminary Meet in Fayetteville in May. He surpassed that once Thursday and four times Friday.

Whitaker qualified for Worlds with a 2nd-place finish at the USATF Under-20 Championships in June in Eugene, Ore., where he jumped a wind-aided 50-4 ¼.

Whitaker’s jump makes him No. 2 in Minnesota history, behind the 30-year-old school record of 53-1 set by two-time British Virgin Islands Olympian Keita Cline at the 1992 Caribbean National Junior Track and Field Championships at Nassau, Bahamas.

FLOYD WHITAKER SETS OUTDOOR PR, ADVANCES TO TRIPLE JUMP FINAL AT WORLD UNDER-20 CHAMPIONSHIPS!!!!!!!!

Highland’s Floyd Whitaker jumped an outdoor PR 50-11 ¾ and qualified for the triple jump finals at the World Under-20 Championships in South America Thursday.

Whitaker, who just finished his sophomore year at the University of Minnesota, came into the meet seeded 14th but he was the 10th-best qualifier on Thursday at Pascual Guerrero Olympic Stadium in Santiago de Cali, Colombia.

Whitaker’s previous wind-legal outdoor PR was a 50-2 ¼ at the NCAA West Preliminary Round meet at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark., on May 27. He had a wind-aided 51-2 when he placed 5th in the final of the triple jump at the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis in May.

Whitaker’s lifetime legal PR is a 51-5 ¼ from an indoor meet at the Minnesota Fieldhouse on Jan. 29, so he was only 5 ½ inches off that mark in Thursday’s qualifying.

Going into his 3rd and final attempt Thursday, Whitaker was out of qualifying range, but he leap-frogged six competitors on his final jump.

Whitaker opened with jumps of 49-5 ½ and 49-6 ½, and he needed a minimum of 50-2 ¼ to advance to the finals. He responded with the best outdoor jump of his life.

The final is scheduled for 7:55 p.m. Friday.

Click HERE for the *.pdf with comprehensive results including series information.