Ohio State Buckeyes Anavia Battle and Alec Yoder qualify for the Tokyo Olympics
Ohio State women's track and field standout Anavia Battle and former Buckeye men's gymnast Alec Yoder earned spots for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics with qualifying events on Saturday.
Battle qualified by finishing third in the 200-meter dash finals in the Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Her time of 21.95 seconds was a personal best. Event winner Gabby Thomas posted a time of 21.61, which was a record for trials, and second-place finisher Jenna Prandini ran the race in 21.89 seconds.
Battle holds the OSU school record for the 200-meter dash, and she joins shot putter Adelaide Aquilla and hurdler Christina Clemons in representing the Buckeyes at the Summer Games. Ohio State women's track had produced only two United States Olympians prior to this year's games.
Yoder, an OSU graduate, qualified for the Olympics as a pommel horse specialist, with a selection committee picking him for the one specialist spot allotted to Team USA based on his score and the degree of difficulty of his routine. However, as a specialist, he is not part of team competition and eligible only for an individual medal, regardless of how the U.S. finishes.
This will be the first time Yoder has competed in the Olympics, as he was injured during the 2016 trials. In 2019, he won the NCAA title in pommel horse, and he was an eight-time All-American between 2016 and 2019.