Sacramento, Calif. -- Former Penn student-athlete Brian Chaput finished second in the finals of the javelin event at the U.S. Olympic Trials at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex on the campus of Cal-State University. Despite finishing in the top three, Chaput still has some work ahead of him to join the U.S. Olympic team.
Chaput, who earned his second-place position with his second-to-last throw of the day, recorded a toss of 79.81m to finish behind Breaux Greer, ranked second in the world in the javelin.Greer earned the Olympic Trials victory with his first throw of the day, a distance of 82.39m.
The former Quaker's dreams of earning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team is also still ahead of him. Since Chaput did finish in one of the top three positions he has the opportunity to continue to post an Olympic 'A' qualifier mark of 81.80m. He has until Aug. 9 to hit the mark in order to earnhis placeto Athens.
Fellow former Quaker, John Taylor, finished eighth in the javelin final,tossing a high mark of 70.94m with his second throw.
For all results and distances of the javelin final click here.
Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications