Sean Furey
Personal information
Nationality United States
Born (1982-08-31) August 31, 1982 (age 39)
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[1]
Weight194 lb (88 kg)[1]
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Javelin throw
Coached byTodd Reich
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Javelin: 83.08m

Sean Furey (born August 31, 1982) is an American javelin thrower with a personal best of 83.08 meters (272 feet, 7 inches). He has placed in the top three at the U.S. National Championships six times, winning the javelin event in 2010, 2014 and 2015. He represented the United States in international competition between 2009 and 2016, including 2 Olympic (2012, 2016), 2 World Championship (2009, 2015) and 2 Pan American (2011, 2015) teams. In 2009, at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany, Sean qualified for the final with a season best throw and ultimately finished 12th.

Early life

Sean Furey was born August 31, 1982 to Kathy Furey (who later became Kathy Stupak by marriage).[1][2] He grew up in Methuen, Massachusetts with his younger brother Ryan and began throwing the javelin while at Methuen High School.[3] He won two state javelin championships and in 2000, won the National Scholastic Championship.[1] During his senior season, Furey led his school to the Merrimack Valley Conference title and was named to the All-Scholastic team by the Boston Herald.[4] He graduated from Methuen in 2000.[1] Furey also played on the school's football team.[4]

After high school, Furey attended Dartmouth. He graduated in 2005 with a 3.80 GPA and an engineering degree.[1]

Athletic career

At Dartmouth, Furey set the school record in javelin, with a distance of 242-foot-3-inch (73.84 m).[1] In 2005, he won the Ivy League championship and was named the "Scholar Athlete of the Year" by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.[1] At the 2005 NCAA Outdoor Championships, he placed third with a throw of 73.83 metres (242.2 ft).[1]

After college, Furey moved to San Diego to train.[3] At the 2008 Olympic Trials, he placed seventh. In 2009, he placed third in the National Championships and qualified for Worlds with a throw of 76.16 metres (249.9 ft).[1] At the World Championships, he was in fifth place among the "B" group after the qualification round of the javelin throw. However, he did not match that success in the final and finished in 12th place out of 12 competitors that made the final.[1]

Furey won the 2010 National Championships with a throw of 79.86 metres (262.0 ft).[1] In 2011, he finished in second place, recording a distance of 77.99 metres (255.9 ft).[1] At the 2011 Pan American Games, Furey placed fourth.[1]

At the 2012 Olympic Trials, Furey was battling a back injury.[3] He placed fourth, throwing the javelin 77.86 metres (255.4 ft).[1] Two weeks prior to the Trials, he had met the Olympic "A" Standard of 82.00 metres (269.03 ft) by throwing a new personal best 82.73 metres (271.4 ft) in Lisle, Illinois. First and second place did not make the make standard, allowing Furey and fifth-place finisher Cyrus Hostetler to make the Olympic team.[3] After the meet, he remarked "It's mixed emotions, fourth place vs. the Olympic team ... It's bittersweet. I just didn't execute like I needed."[2]

Furey entered the 2012 Olympics with the longest throw by an American in 2012,[2] and was ranked number 16 in the world.[2] He competed in the "B" group preliminary round of the javelin throw on August 8. He placed 18th in his group and 37th overall and did not advance to the finals.[5]

Furey is coached by former Olympian Todd Reich and sponsored by Mizuno.[3] "Todd is a talented guy," says Furey. "He knows what the elite javelin throwers are doing."[3] Furey says he has no plans to retire anytime soon. "I won't quit until my arm falls off," he said.[2]

Personal life

Furey currently lives in San Diego, California with his wife Matthan "Mattie" Chatterton-Richmond.[2][3] He works part-time at Raytheon as a mechanical engineer doing what he describes as "bomb-proofing electronics" for the United States Navy.[3] When asked why he chose to continue pursuing the javelin, instead of concentrating on his higher paying engineering career, Furey remarked "Missing out on money, I don't care. We have everything we need and more. Making money won't make me happier. Being on the Olympic team will make me happier."[2]

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 12th Javelin 74.51m
2012 2012 London Olympics London, United Kingdom 37th Javelin 72.81m
2014 Pan American Sports Festival Ciudad de México, México 3rd Javelin 77.23m A
2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Canada 5th Javelin 77.41 m
World Championships Beijing, China 29th (q) Javelin 75.01 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 35th (q) Javelin 72.61 m

Seasonal bests by year


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Athlete Bios: Sean Furey". USA Track & Field. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Michael Muldoon (June 26, 2012). "Methuen's Furey punches ticket to London Olympics". The Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h John Connolly (July 20, 2012). "Methuen native Sean Furey set for London". Boston Herald. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Former Herald All-Scholastic Sean Furey of Methuen earns a spot on the Olympic team". High School Insider Blog. Boston Herald. June 26, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2012.
  5. ^ "Men's Javelin Throw - qualification". Retrieved February 25, 2013.