DOHA, QA – The 2019 IAAF World Championships are completed after a solid ten days of fierce and historical competition. Ohio State sent two Buckeyes to Doha, senior throws specialist Sade Olatoye (Nigeria) and throws coach Ashley Kovacs (USA).
Prior to Worlds, Olatoye competed in the African Games and punched her ticket to the Championships by winning the women’s shot put. On Oct. 2 she competed in the same event on the world stage for the first time where she took 26th.
Throws Coach Ashley Kovacs was selected as the men’s USA throws team coach for the IAAF World Championships Doha 2019. On the roster of professional athletes she coached these past ten days was her husband and USA’s 2015 shot put world champion, Joe Kovacs. He is also a volunteer throws coach for the Ohio State throws program, where he takes his time to mentor the young Buckeyes who have aspirations on becoming dominant in their respective competitions.
On Oct. 5 Kovacs produced one of the biggest upsets of the championships by unleashing a final-round effort of 22.91m to take the title. The competition will go down as the greatest men’s shot put competition in history, which produced three of the seven longest throws ever as one centimeter separated all three medalists. Kovacs World Champion heave is the third longest in all of shot put history. There is no doubt that Joe Kovacs will go-down in history as one of the greatest field athletes to ever compete in the sport.