Sean Furey, photo by PhotoRun.net
On Thursday night, I was sitting in the stands, near the start of the 1,500 meters, and watching the javelin with some of my friends. I chanced to look up and watch Sean Furey, on his last throw, let er rip and that javelin stayed in the air for long enough to hear "oooooh" and "whoooooa" from the javelin geeks sitting in front of me.
Sean Furey won the javelin on his last throw, with PB of 83.08 meters and a English measurement of 272 feet, 8 inches.
Sean Furey is sponsored by ASICS. ASICS Tony Herr told me that Sean was one of his fun finds. "Sean just wanted to continue throwing and needed some support."
Nice how those things happen.
For javelin throwers, Sean Furey is pretty normal. Throwers have big personalities, like Breaux Greer, or Tom Petronoff. Sean Furey emotes when he throws, willing the javelin to find a current of air and just stay suspended for that many more seconds.
A long javelin throw can take one's breath away.
Here is a fine piece by Elliott Denman on Sean Furey and his magnificent obsession with the javelin.