August 1, 2021

Olympic Update: Battle Advances to 200m Semifinals


Buckeyes at the Olympics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State sprinter Anavia Battle competed in the qualifying rounds of the 200m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Sunday evening. Battle finished second in her heat and eighth overall with a time of 22.54 to advance to the semifinals, which will take place on Monday.

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. She finished with a time of 21.95, a personal best. 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 helped lead the Buckeyes to four team Big Ten Championships. Battle holds the school record in the 200m in both indoor and outdoor competition.