CURTIS THOMPSON BOMBS 3RD-BEST JAVELIN THROW OF HIS LIFE TO REACH PODIUM AT DIAMOND LEAGUE MEET IN LAUSANNE!!!!!!!!!!

Curtis Thompson reached the podium in the javelin Friday at the Athletissima Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, with the 3rd-best throw of his life.

Thompson threw 274-11 and placed third behind 2021 Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra of India (292-3) and 2021 Olympic silver medalist Jakub Vadlejch of the Czech Republic (281-9).

The 2014 Florence High School graduate, a 2021 Olympian and two-time U.S. champion, popped the 274-11 on his first attempt. His next-best throw was a 264-0 on his 5th attempt.

Thompson, No. 3 in U.S. history with his 287-9 at the American JavFest last month, has now thrown 273 feet or better four times in his life – all in the last seven weeks. And 16 of his 21-best throws have been this season.

Thompson finished about a foot and a half ahead of Keshorn Walcott, the 2012 Olympic champion from Trinidad and Tobago. He was 4th at 273-6.

Athletissima, one of the biggest track meets in the world, is held annually inside the sold-out La Pontaise Olympic Stadium in Lausanne, a historic village on the southern tip of Switzerland along Lake Geneva, which separates Switzerland from France.

Thompson also placed 3rd in his previous Diamond League meet – at Chorzów, Poland, on Aug. 6. He now has 12 Diamond League qualifying points, which ranks him 5th with only one Diamond League meet left before the finals at the Weltklasse at Letzigrund in Zürich Sept. 7-8. The top six compete in Zurich.

Thompson is No. 8 in the world this year, No. 1 among American men and No. 50 in world history.

Here’s a look at Thompson’s 24 throws of at least 260 feet:

287- 9 … American JavFest, East Stroudsburg [Pa.] South High School, July 9, 2022
276-4 … NACAC, Freeport Stadium, Grand Bahamas, Bahamas, Aug. 20, 2022
274-11 ¾ … Athletissima, La Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland, Aug. 26, 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
264-0 … Athletissima, La Pontaise, Lausanne, Switzerland, Aug. 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
260-1 … NACAC, Freeport Stadium, Grand Bahamas, Bahamas, Aug. 20, 2022

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