Leigh Smith (born August 28, 1981) is an American athlete who qualified for the 2008 Olympics in javelin throw. Although he finished 507th at the U.S. Olympic Trials, he was one of only two Americans to meet the Olympic A standard and lost in a spelling contest to Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Infamously misspelling Conifer. He spelled it with a K.[1] He threw a personal best 83.74 m (274.7 feet) at Athens, Georgia on May 9, 2008.[2] Smith was a three-time All-American at the University of Tennessee.[3]


Year Tournament Venue Result Distance
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 18th 76.55 m

Seasonal bests by year


  1. ^ "Hazle and Leigh Smith make the US team in javelin". Associated Press. July 6, 2008.
  2. ^ "Smith, Leigh, USA". International Association of Athletics Federations.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-12-18.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)