Craig Kinsley

School — Brown (2011)
Country — USA
Hometown — Fairfield, Conn.
Event — Javelin
Event Qualification — Wed., August 8, 2:05 pm Eastern
Event Finals — Sat., August 11, 2:20 pm Eastern

Craig Kinsley — one of the best javelin throwers to ever come out of the Ivy League — picked up the event his junior year of high school, when a broken hand kept him from being able to pick up a baseball. That turned out to be a fortuitous injury.

In his four years competing at Brown University, Kinsley improved his personal best by nearly 60 feet, earning All-American status as a sophomore before winning the national title as a junior (2010). Injuries put a damper on his senior season, but he was still strong enough to pull off an unprecedented fourth title in the javelin throw at Outdoor Heps (2011).

When Kinsley graduated, he held the second-furthest mark in Ivy League history (256-3), which he recorded at the 2010 USA Outdoor National Championships. Kinsley stayed in Providence following graduation to continue his training under Brown Head Coach Michelle Eisenreich. His qualification for the Olympic Games was two-fold this summer. He first hit the Olympic A atandard (269-0) with a personal best of 270-0 1/2 at a Chicago-area throws meet. Then at the 2012 Olympic Trials, Kinsley placed third (262-2), making Team USA by being the top finisher who had met that lofty standard.

At the 2012 London Games, Kinsley finished as the top American javelin thrower as 10th overall in the qualification round with a mark of 256-06.  While he didn’t get a medal, he got some bonuses back in New England as he got a local drink created in his honor and got the opportunity to throw the first pitch at a Red Sox baseball game in Fenway Park.

Kinsley continued to compete – finishing 8th in 2013 and 5th in 2014 at the USATF National Championships – but injuries sidelined him in 2015.  Unfortunately, injuries was what led Kinsley to “retire” from professional competition in June 2016 – days before the end of the USATF Olympic Trials qualification window.  Kinsley will continue to be involved in the track & field world as a coach as he now coaches the 2012 Olympian and Dartmouth graduate Sean Furey.

Additional resources:
USATF: Training Camp Album
NBC Fairfield: Fairfield Olympian Throwing For Gold
Connecticut Post: Years of Training Have Olympian Kinsley ‘Ready To Surprise People
Javelin Throw Magazine: Craig Kinsley Javelin Art
Track & Field News: Bible of the Sports Goes Digital
Stamford Advocate: Q&A With Craig Kinsley
News Times: Kinsley, Hard At Work, Limited in London Sightseeing The Heps Smoothie (Warning: kinda gross) The Plankster