June 28, 2021

Record 26 Buckeyes are 2020 Tokyo Olympians

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University Department of Athletics will feature a record representation of student-athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in July with 26 current, former or incoming student-athletes set to compete for their respective country’s Olympic Team.

Most Ohio State Olympians

  1. 26 – 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  2. 19 – 2008 Beijing Olympics
  3. 16 – 1952 Helsinki Olympics
  4. 16 – 2016 Rio Olympics
  5. 15 – 1996 Atlanta Olympics

READ MORE: Buckeyes at the 2020 Olympics

Ohio State Buckeyes

The United States Olympic Team will have the most Ohio State Buckeyes: nine. The U.S. contingent features five current Ohio State student-athletes – track and field performers Adelaide Aquilla and Anavia Battle, swimmer Hunter Armstrong and pistol shooters Henry and Jackson Leverett. Also on team USA are alums Christina Clemons, née Manning, a hurdler, defending gold medalist wrestler Kyle Snyder and gymnast Alec Yoder, and incoming freshman synchronized swimmer Ruby Remati.

Nine current Buckeyes will compete in Tokyo. In addition to Armstrong, Aquilla, Battle and the Leverett brothers, current Buckeyes competing at this Olympic Games include fencer Diego Cervantes (Mexico), sprinter Eric Harrison (Trinidad & Tobago), swimmer Ruslan Gaziev (Canada) and rower Alessandra Montesano (Italy).

The remaining United States Olympic trials came to a close yesterday. Some countries’ trials are still ongoing, but will be completed by June 30 at the very latest.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics

The Olympic Games are officially branded as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, even though they are taking place in 2021 because of last year’s postponement. The Tokyo Olympics begin Friday, July 23, with the opening ceremony at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium. The opening ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. local time in Japan, which is 7 a.m. EDT in the United States.

Ohio State Buckeyes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Current student-athlete unless noted; *Former student-athlete; #Incoming freshmen

United States

  • Adelaide Aquilla – Track & Field
  • Hunter Armstrong – Swimming
  • Anavia Battle – Track & Field
  • *Christine Clemons – Track & Field
  • Henry Leverett – Shooting
  • Jackson Leverett – Shooting
  • #Ruby Remati – Synchronized Swimming
  • *Kyle Snyder – Wrestling
  • *Alec Yoder – Gymnastics

Also: Joe Kovacs, who is coached by and married to Ohio State throws coach Ashley Kovacs and who trains with Adelaide Aquilla, made the U.S. Olympic track and field team in the shot put.

Canada

  • *Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger – Fencing
    #Emily Armstrong – Synchronized Swimming
  • Ruslan Gaziev – Swimming
  • *Alanna Goldie – Fencing
    *Eleanor Harvey – Fencing
  • *Nichelle Prince – Soccer

France

  • *Elodie Ravera – Rowing

Greece

  • #Anneta Kyridou – Rowing
  • #Maria Kyridou – Rowing

Italy

  • Alessandra Montesano – Rowing

Mexico

  • Diego Cervantes – Fencing

Netherlands

  • *Ilse Paulis – Rowing

New Zealand

  • *Misha Koudinov – Gymnastics

Sierra Leone

  • *Maggie Barrie – Track & Field

Spain

  • *Aina Cid Centelles – Rowing

Sri Lanka

  • *Matthew Abeysinghe – Swimming

Trinidad & Tobago

  • Eric Harrison – Track & Field

Ohio State Olympians – By Sport

Fencing

  • Marc-Antoine Blais Belanger – Canada
  • Diego Cervantes – Mexico
  • Alanna Goldie – Canada
  • Eleanor Harvey – Canada

Gymnastics

  • Misha Koudinov – New Zealand
  • Alec Yoder – United States

Rowing

  • Aina Cid Centelles – Spain
  • Anneta Kyridou – Greece
  • Maria Kyridou – Greece
  • Alessandra Montesano – Italy
  • Ilse Paulis – Netherlands
  • Elodie Ravera – France

Soccer

  • Nichelle Prince – Canada

Shooting

  • Henry Leverett – United States
  • Jack Leverett – United States

Swimming

  • Hunter Armstrong – United States
  • Matthew Abeysinghe – Sri Lanka
  • Ruslan Gaziev – Canada

Synchronized Swimming

  • Emily Armstrong – Canada
  • Ruby Remati – United States

Track & Field

  • Adelaide Aquilla – United States
  • Maggie Barrie – Sierra Leone
  • Anavia Battle – United States
  • Christina Clemons – United States
  • Eric Harrison – Trinidad & Tobago

Wrestling

  • Kyle Snyder – United States