Lehigh Valley’s Joe Kovacs wins silver at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Written by on August 5, 2021

Lehigh Valley’s Joe Kovacs wins silver at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

By Jim Deegan

August 5, 2021

Silver medalist Joe Kovacs, of the United States, poses during the medal ceremony for the men’s shot put at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Lehigh Valley native and U.S. Olympian Joe Kovacs is coming home with hardware.

Kovacs won a silver medal Aug. 4 in the shot put competition in Tokyo.

His best throw of 74 feet, 3-and-three-quarter inches was second to American teammate Ryan Crouser, who set an Olympic record with a toss of 76 feet, 5-and-a-half inches.

This is the second Olympic medal for Kovacs, who earned silver at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. 

The 32-year-old Kovacs grew up in the Nazareth area. He is a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School and Penn State University.

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