The 262-8 cutoff to advance to the finals was a mark he’s made several times before, including with a career best 271-5 throw in June.
But Methuen native Sean Furey never put it altogether on any of his three throws yesterday in the javelin competition at the Olympic Games in London. Furey’s best was a 238-10.5 throw as he finished 37th out of 44 competitors. The top 12 advanced to Saturday’s finals. Vitezslav Vesely of the Czech Republic had the top throw (289-10).
“It’s just a terrible feeling,” said Furey, a 29-year-old engineer, who now calls San Diego home. “The best feeling in the world is when you hit a big one. This is the worst feeling in the world. It’s like you wimped out. You gave in. That’s what the three throws felt like.
“I’m emotionally zapped. It went by in a blur.”
He said his health was fine (just prior to the Olympic Trials he was slowed by a sore back) but that the enormity of the Olympic Games could have taken its toll.
“I”m sure that had something to do with it,” said Furey, who was seeded 22nd. “Looking back, maybe I’d train differently, turn the intensity down. It’s not really clear in my mind right now. I was competitive. I felt fresh and healthy. I love the atmosphere. It’s just not hitting crisp positions. It could be muscle memory or adrenalin and rushing things. A million reasons.”
The former Foot Locker national champion at Methuen High sensed early he might be in trouble.
“I was fighting it the entire night,” he said. “It’s crappy to have all that energy and have things go way down hill.”
In the past, he’s shown a knack for the big throw under pressure. Like in his final throw in qualifying at the 2009 World Championships. After a rain delay, he nailed it with a season best to advance to the finals.