July 29, 2021

Ilse Paulis Wins Bronze in Tokyo


TOKYO, Japan – Former Ohio State women’s rower Ilse Paulis and the Netherlands’ Women’s Lightweight Double took home the bronze medal Wednesday night at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Paulis earned her second Olympic medal, and the Buckeye’s first, at this year’s Olympic games.

After finishing third in the A/B semifinal, Paulis and her partner Marieke Keijser qualified for the A final to continue their quest for an Olympic medal. The Dutch pair put on a dominant race and earned the bronze with a time of 6:48.03, just half a second off from the gold medal.

Four other Buckeyes concluded their Tokyo Olympics in the rowing finals as Alessandra Montesano (Italy), Elodie Ravera (France), Maria Kyridou (Greece) and Aina Cid Centelles (Spain) all earned spots in their respective event finals.

Montesano and the Italian Women’s Quad took fourth in the A final, racing a time of 6:13.33. The current Buckeye and her boat finished just 1.25 seconds from bronze.

Elodie Ravera and her partner finished second in the B final and eighth overall in the Women’s Double. The duo crossed the finish in 6:58.52 in its final race of the Olympics.

Maria Kyridou and Aina Cid Centelles earned spots in the Women’s Pair A final after racing qualifying times in their respective A/B semifinals. Kyridou and her boat raced a time of 6:57.11 to finish fifth and Cid Centelles finished sixth in 7:00.05. In the first A/B semifinal, Kyridou finished first as the Greek boat recorded an Olympic and world-best time of 6:48.70.

Anneta Kyridou (GRE) is the last Buckeye to wrap up racing at the 2020 Olympics. She will race in Thursday night’s B final of the Women’s Single after finishing sixth in a time of 7:40.81 in her A/B semifinal.

Buckeye Rowing Results

Ilse Paulis (NED) – 3rd, Lightweight Women’s Double

Alessandra Montesano (ITA) – 4th, Women’s Quad

Maria Kyridou (GRE) – 5th, Women’s Pair

Aina Cid Centelles (ESP) – 6th, Women’s Pair

Elodie Ravera (FRA) – 8th, Women’s Double

Buckeye Rowing Semifinal & Final Schedule (Times listed in ET)

Thursday, July 29             

8:05 p.m. – Women’s Single B Final (A. Kyridou – GRE)