Jones Finishes 20th In First Olympic Heptathlon

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After recording several strong marks over the first two days of competition, Akela Jones finished her sixth heptathlon ever and first Olympic heptathlon in 20th place with 6,173 points at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. 

Jones opened day two of competition with the long jump, recording her final mark of 6.30m/20-08 on her third attempt of the series to earn 943 points. With her mark, she held strong in fourth place in the competition after the fifth event. 

She then moved to the javelin throw, which ended up being her strongest event of the day. On her final throw, Jones launched a huge personal best throw of 42.00m/137-09 to earn 706 points. Her previous personal best was 38.97m/127-10, which she set earlier this year at the Mt. SAC Relays 

In the final event of the heptathlon, the 800 meter run, Jones recorded a time of 2:41.12 to earn 560 points, pushing her final score to 6,173 points to secure a 20th place finish in the Olympic heptathlon. 

K-State will have two former athletes in action tomorrow in Rio. Beverly Ramos kicks things off at 7:30 a.m. CT in the marathon, followed by defending silver medalist Erik Kynard, who will compete in the high jump qualifiers at 6:30 p.m. CT. Both events will be streamed live by clicking here

For the latest on K-State track and field, follow @kstatesports and @KStateTFXC on Twitter using the hashtag #KStateTF or on the team’s Facebook page. 

2016 Olympics Games
Olympic Stadium
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Heptathlon Long Jump
4. Akela Jones – 6.30m/20-08 (943 pts.)

Heptathlon Javelin Throw
20. Akela Jones – 42.00m/137-09 (706 pts.) (PR)

Heptathlon 800 Meter Run
27. Akela Jones – 2:41.12 (560 pts.)

Heptathlon Total Score
20. Akela Jones – 6173 pts.