TOKYO – Johnsonburg native and Olympian Michael Shuey made his hometown and region swell with pride on Tuesday (Wednesday morning in Tokyo).
Shuey competed as part of Group A in the Olympic Men’s Javelin qualifying competition, with the top 12 throwers and those who met the 83.50-meter threshold advancing to Saturday’s finals.
It wasn’t the outcome Shuey hoped for, fouling on all three attempts, but his hometown, including those in attendance at the Johnsonburg Fire Hall watch party let him know just how proud they were of him for making it to Tokyo.
Shuey appeared to be battling through an injury, as he could be seen visibly limping on the NBC Sports app telecast.
All throughout Johnsonburg (and all of Elk County, as well as Kane for that matter) banners and signs hung in support of Shuey.
India’s Neeraj Chopra had the top qualifying throw at 86.65 meters. Also advancing to the finals from Group A were Johannes Vetter (Germany – 85.64), Lassi Etelatalo (Finland – 84.50), Alexandru Mihaita Novac (Romania – 83.27), Vitezslav Vesely (Czech Republic – 83.04), Pavel Milaleshka (Belarus – 82.64), Kim Amb (Sweden – 82.40), as well as Arshad Nadeem (Pakistan – 85.16), Jakub Vadlejch (Czech Republic – 84.93), Julian Weber (Germany – 84.41), Aliakesi Katkavets (Belarus – 82.72) and Andrian Mardare (Moldova – 82.70) from Group B.
Vetter, considered the favorite coming in, cracked the top 12 on his final throw.
Curtis Thompson, the other United States competitor in the javelin who won the US trials in Oregon, finished 10th in Group B with a throw of 78.20 meters.
Saturday’s finals are slated for 7 a.m. EDT (8 p.m. Tokyo time).