August 2, 2021

Battle Competes in the 200m Semifinals


Buckeyes at the Olympics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sprinter Anavia Battle competed in the 200m semifinals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday. Battle finished sixth in her heat and 16th overall with a time of 23.02. This concludes her Olympics appearance.

Battle earned her spot in the 200m semifinals with a time of 22.54 in the qualifying rounds. Her time was good for second in her heat and eighth overall.

Battle, set to graduate this month with a degree in human development and family sciences, qualified for the Olympics by finishing third at the Olympic Trials in June with a personal-best time of 21.95. Battle improved her time in each round at the Olympic Trials, finishing in 22.37 in the first round and then 22.32 in the semifinals. Her 21.95 time ranks first all-time on the collegiate list, becoming the first woman in collegiate history to finish in under 22 seconds.

At Ohio State, Battle won seven Big Ten sprints championships and was named Big Ten Athlete of the Meet or Big Ten Athlete of the Year four times. She holds both the outdoor and indoor school record in the 200m. Battle helped lead the Buckeyes to four team Big Ten Championships.