NJ's Curtis Thompson Bombs U.S. No. 3 All-Time Javelin Throw

Curtis Thompson tuned up for the World Championships with one of the greatest performances in U.S. history when he sent the javelin soaring 287-9 at Saturday's American JavFest at East Stroudsburg High School South in East Stroudsburg, Pa. 

Thompson's bomb, which came on his second attempt, places him No. 3 on the all-time U.S. list and No. 7 in the world this season. Breaux Greer (299-6 in 2007) and Tom Petranoff (292-6 in 1991) are the only Americans to ever throw further than Thompson.

The 287-9 by Thompson, a 2014 graduate of Florence High and a 2020 OIympian, also smashed the meet record of 281-0 set by Olympian Michael Shuey last year, and improved his previous PR of 271-11 by 15 feet and 10 inches!!!    

Thompson, who finished first at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials to make his first Olympic team, placed second with a 264-1 at the U.S. Championships last month, to earn a spot on the U.S. World Championship roster. The World Championships will be held July 15-24 at Hayward Field in Oregon.