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Joe Kovacs

Joe Kovacs

Event: Shot Put
Height: 6-0
Weight: 276
PR: 22.56m/74-0.25 (2015)
Born: 06/28/1989
Current Residence: Nazareth, Pa.
Hometown: Bethlehem, Pa.
High School: Bethlehem Catholic (Pa.) H.S.
College: Penn State '12
Coach: Art Venegas
Agent:
Sponsor: Nike
Club:
USATF Championships
2015 USATF Outdoor Champion (21.84m/71-8)
2014 USATF Outdoor Champion (22.03m/72-3.50)
2014 USATF Indoor bronze medalist (21.46m/70-5)

International Championships
2015 IAAF World Outdoor Champion (21.93m/XX)

Collegiate Championships
2010 NCAA Indoor runner-up (19.18m/62-11.25)
3rd at 2011 NCAA Outdoors (19.06m/62-6.5);
Two-time Big Ten Outdoor champion – 2011 (18.71m/61-4.75); 2012 (20.85m/68-5)
2011 Big Ten Indoor champion (19.84m/65-1.25)
2010 Big Ten Indoor runner-up (18.76m/61-6.75)
 
About Joe
2015 was a breakout season for Joe Kovacs, capturing the USATF Outdoor, World Outdoor and Diamond League shot put titles. Kovacs finished the season ranked first in the world in 2015. Kovacs won the USATF Outdoor shot put title in 2014 As a senior at Penn State University, Kovacs used a fourth-place finish at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to place himself among one of the best in the country in the men’s shot put. With American men picking up three of the top six spots on the 2012 world rankings according to Track & Field News, Kovacs grabbed an impressive No. 4 overall ranking in the U.S. He earned his undergraduate degree from Penn State in earth and mineral science and begins his first season as a professional. At Bethlehem Catholic High School he won state titles in both the shot put and discus and his high school best in the shot put of 64-10.75 ranks third on the all-time Pennsylvania high school list.

Results
2015:
4th in Doha (20.86m/68-5.25), 1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (22.12m/72-7), 1st at adidas Grand Prix (21.67m/71-1.25), 1st at USATF Outdoors (21.84m/71-8), 2nd at Lausanne (21.71m/71-2.75), 1st at Monaco (22.56m/74-0.25), 1st at World Outdoors (21.93m/71-11.50), 3rd in Brussels (21.35m/70-0.50)
2014: 2nd at Shanghai Golden Grand Prix (21.52m/70-7.25); 2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (21.46m/70-5); 1st at USATF Outdoors (22.03m/72-3.50); 8th at Paris (19.46m/63-10.25); 4th at Glasgow (20.94m/68-8.50);
2013: 6th at Lausanne (20.02m/65-8.25); 4th at Edmonton (19.36m/63-6.25); 6th at USA Outdoors (19.84m/65-1.25); 3rd at Chicagoland (19.83/65-0); 4th at adidas Grand Prix (20.46m/67-1); 3rd at Mt. SAC Relays (19.29m/63-3)
2012: Big Ten Outdoor champion (20.85m/68-5); 4th at NCAA Outdoors (19.58m/65-1.5); 4th at U.S. Olympic Team Trials (21.08m/69-2); 6th at USA Indoors (20.14m/66-1); 2nd in Paris (20.44m/67-0.75); 2nd in Madrid (19.56m/64-2.25); 6th in London (19.61m/64-4); 1st at Tucson Jim Click Shootout (19.02m/62-5); 1st at Baton Rouge Battle on the Bayou (19.18m/62-11.25); 1st at Lewisburg Bison Outdoor Classic (19.46m/63-10.25); 1st at Lewisburg Bucknell Team Challenge (19.35m/63-6); 1st at Penn Relays (19.94m/65-5)
2011: Big Ten Outdoor champion (18.71m/61-4.75); Big Ten Indoor champion (19.84m/65-1.25); 4th at NCAA East Regional (18.78m/61-7.5); 3rd at NCAA Outdoors (19.06m/62-6.5); 14th at USA Outdoors (19.15m/62-10); 14th at NCAA Indoors (18.24m/59-10.25); 1st at Park Penn State Relays indoors (18.45m/60-6.5)
2010: NCAA Indoor runner-up (19.18m/62-11.25); Big Ten Indoor runner-up (18.76m/61-6.75); 5th at Big Ten Outdoors (17.76m/58-3.25); 6th at NCAA East Regional (17.45m/57-3); 1st at Lewisburg Bucknell Team Challenge (18.73m/61-5.5); 1st at University Park Penn State National (19.36m/63-6.25)
2009: 2nd at Penn Relays (18.53m/60-9.5); 1st at University Park Penn State Open (17.72m/58-1.75); 7th at Big Ten Outdoors (17.45m/57-3); 14th at NCAA East Regional (17.36m/56-11.5); 9th at Big Ten Indoors (16.02m/52-6.75); 1st at Lewisburg Bison Classic (16.77m/55-0.25)
2008: 8th at Big Ten Indoors (15.25m/50-.5); 3rd at University Park Penn State Open (16.54m/54-3.5); 4th at State College Penn State Open (16.86m/55-3.75)
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2015: 
22.56m/74-0.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the World, ranked No. 1 in the USA and No. 1 in the World by T&FN)
2014: 21.52m/70-7.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 3 in World, ranked No. 1 in the USA and No. 3 in the World by T&FN) 
2013: 20.82m/68-3.75 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 17 in the World, ranked No. 5 in the USA by T&FN)
2012: Indoor bests – 20.14m/66-1 (No. 11 in the USA, No. 26 in the world); Outdoor bests – 21.08m/69-2 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 12 in the world, ranked No. 4 in the USA by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests – 19.84m/65-1.25 (No. 11 in the USA, No. 29 in the world); Outdoor bests – 19.15m/62-10
2010: Indoor bests – 19.36m/63-6.25 (No. 14 in the USA, No. 47 in the world); Outdoor bests – 18.73m/61-5.5)
2009: Indoor bests – 16.89m/55-5; Outdoor bests – 18.53m/60-9.5
2008: Indoor bests - 16.86m/55-3.75
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