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Ainārs Kovals
Personal information
Born (1981-11-21) 21 November 1981 (age 42)
Rīga, Latvian SSR, USSR
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb)
Country Latvia
Achievements and titles
Personal best86.64 metres (2008)
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2008 Beijing Javelin
Gold medal – first place 2005 İzmir Javelin
Gold medal – first place 2009 Belgrade Javelin
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Bangkok Javelin
Updated on 11 August 2012.

Ainārs Kovals (born 21 November 1981) is a Latvian track and field athlete who competes in the javelin throw. His personal best throw is 86.64 m. He achieved this at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where he finished second.[1]

He has been coached by Valentīna Eiduka. He is married to fellow javelin thrower Sinta Ozoliņa-Kovala.

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Latvia
2001 European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 4th 73.22 m
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 6th 72.68 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 7th 77.61 m
Universiade İzmir, Turkey 1st 80.67 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th 85.95 m (PB)
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 5th 82.32 m
2007 Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 3rd 82.23 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 2nd 86.64 m (PB)
2009 Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 1st 81.58 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 7th 81.54 m
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 7th 80.07 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 6th 81.19 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 15th (q) 76.32 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 17th (q) 79.19 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 14th (q) 77.70 m

Seasonal bests by year

  • 2002 - 75.05
  • 2003 - 80.75
  • 2004 - 82.13
  • 2005 - 82.22
  • 2006 - 85.95
  • 2007 - 82.23
  • 2008 - 86.64
  • 2009 - 82.47
  • 2010 - 82.33
  • 2011 - 78.39
  • 2012 - 83.89
  • 2013 - 80.71
  • 2014 - 81.75
  • 2015 - 78.90


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Ainārs Kovals". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016.

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