Sean Furey

School — Dartmouth (2005)
Country — USA
Hometown — Methuen, Mass.
Event — Javelin
Event Qualification — Wed., August 17, 7:30 pm Eastern
Event Finals — Sat., August 20, 7:55 pm Eastern

Sean Furey — a two-sport athlete (football, outdoor track & field) when he studied at Dartmouth — really shined when he was handed a javelin. Growing up in northeastern Massachusetts, he won multiple state titles in the javelin before claiming the National Scholastic title in 2000. Furey earned All-Ivy status in 2003 and 2004, before winning the Heps jav title his senior year (2005).

That same year, Furey set a Dartmouth school record (242-3), earned All-American status with a third-place finish at NCAAs and took home the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year by the U.S. track coaches. After graduating, he has balanced his professional training while working part-time as a mechanical engineer.

He qualified for his first World Championship by placing third at the USATF National Championship in 2009 before finishing 12th at the IAAF World Championships that summer in Berlin. Furey won his first national title in 2010 by setting a personal best of 262-0. He finished second at the 2011 Nationals, but his mark (255-10 3/4) did not qualify him for the USA roster for the IAAF World Championships.

In 2012, Furey set a personal best of 271-5, which surpassed the Olympic A standard and was the top American throw of the season. His fourth-place finish at the 2012 Olympic Trials was enough for inclusion to the Team USA Olympic roster as neither of the top two finishers had met the qualifying standard.  He competed in the London Games where he finished 17th in his qualification group with a best throw of 238-10.

Furey continued to compete in during the non-Olympic years – he finished third at the 2013 USA Championships, and then two more national titles in 2014 and 2015.  His 2015 winning distance of 83.03m (272-07) was a new personal best, met the 2016 Olympic qualification standard, and sent him to the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.  He finished 29th overall in Beijing.  And he did all of this while working full-time as a mechanical engineer for Raytheon.

Going into the 2016 Olympic Trials, Furey was one of three American men who had met the Olympic qualification standard of 83 meters.  Although Furey only finished 11th overall in the Trials competition, no one else met the standard during the competition – as a result, Furey was given his second Olympic Team uniform.

– Mary Boggs

Additional resources: Final-Bound Morgan (2012) Furey Takes Title; Cabral Returns (2014) Green With Envy (2015) Interview with Sean Furey after making second Olympic team
Boston Herald: Methuen Native Sean Furey Set For London
Eagle-Tribune: Methuen’s Furey Punches Ticket to London Olympics (2012)
Eagle-Tribune: Furey headed for Rio despite finishing 11th (2016)
Dartmouth Sports : Sean Furey Wins Javelin Title at U.S. Nationals (2010)
San Diego 6 In the Morning: Olympic Bound: Javelin Thrower Sean Furey (2012)