June 25, 2021

Adelaide Aquilla is a U.S. Olympian


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University junior Adelaide Aquilla is a United States Olympian! Aquilla made the U.S. Olympic track and field team that will compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by finishing in third place late Thursday evening in the shot put at the U.S. Olympic Trials. The trials are being held in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field.

Aquilla qualified for the finals in the shot put by finishing fifth overall in the first round Thursday afternoon with a best throw of 18.61m / 61-0 ¾.

She was in second after her first throw in the finals sailed 18.95m / 62-2 ¼. She held second place after the first three throws in fact, at which time the final eight had three more throws apiece for the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games.

Aquilla moved into third with four throws to go, but even with two fouls, her 18.95m / 62-2 1/4 first throw was top three and the Rocky River, Ohio, native had secured her trip to the Olympic Games.

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Final Results – U.S. Olympic Trials

Shot Put

  1.   Jessica Ramsey – 20.12m / 66-0 ¼
  2.   Raven Saunders – 19.96m / 65-6
  3.   Adelaide Aquila – 18.95m / 62.2 ¼

Second U.S. Olympian

Ohio State track and field will now be represented by two of its athletes in Tokyo as Aquilla joins Christina Clemons, the 2012 Ohio State graduate and two-time NCAA champion, who qualified for her first Olympic Games by finishing third in the 100 hurdles.

Kovacs & Kovacs

Ohio State throws coach Ashley Kovacs not only has one of her star Buckeyes going to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics; she also has a husband going. That’s right! Kovacs also coaches her husband, world champion Joe Kovacs, and he made the U.S. Olympic team last Friday by finishing second in the shot put with a throw of 22.34m / 73-3 ½.

What a 2021 for Adelaide

Adelaide Aquilla has had a wonderful 2021 in the shot put ring. She has set school and Big Ten Conference records in the event while winning two NCAA championships (indoors and outdoors), two Big Ten championships and earning two Big Ten field athlete of the year honors and two Big Ten field athlete of the championships honors. She was also named Ohio State’s Female Athlete of the Year.

And now she’s going to the Olympics!