A Thunderbolt In Princeton

When Brian Chaput was a student at Penn, he worked in the Penn Relays office and kept a low profile. It took a bit to discover that he wasn’t just a member of the Quaker track team, but a true contender for a national championship — and maybe an Olympic spot.

He earned his qualifying spot for the Games in 2004 and 2008, but couldn’t quite nail down the ‘A’ standard required to compete. Complicating his chase were surgeries. A ton of them. Three Tommy John reconstructive ones alone.

So we thought we’d seen the last of Chaput as a javelin thrower. After all, an NCAA championship and two top-three finishes at the Olympic Trials. Quite a career, right?

Get this. He has arisen. Chaput won the Sam Howell Invite on Saturday with a heave of 249-5, putting him again in contention for the U.S. Olympic team. Now this will be a great story to follow.

Click here for Elliott Denman’s take on ArmoryTrack.com.

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