EUGENE, Ore. — Pittsburg State University javelin thrower Brett Thompson is one step closer to competing in the Olympics. He advanced to the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials on Saturday with a qualifying throw of 70.10 meters.
The top twelve competitors of the semifinal round advance to the finals; Thompson placed ninth.
Thompson says, “I’m definitely excited. I was a little nervous after the first heat. I wish I had thrown a little further to secure my spot, but definitely excited to be seeded ninth right now and to make the finals. I’m gonna be seeing the trainers a little bit to get the arm healthy again. Then just resting the body and mind, get a day off, then just gotta get ready to compete again on Monday.”
Thompson’s fellow Pittsburg State javelin thrower, Josh Hudiburg, also competed in the semifinal round. He placed 21st with a best throw of 63.70 meters.
Thompson will compete in the finals this Monday, June 21.