Vashti Cunningham showcased why she’s the best women’s high jumper in the country in May when she leaped a personal best of 6 feet, 7½ inches at the Chula Vista Field Fest. At the U.S. Olympic track and field trials Sunday, Cunningham proved once again that she’s the class of the field.
Cunningham won the women’s high jump at 6-5 to qualify for her second Olympics. Inika McPherson was second followed by Nicole Greene. Both McPherson and Greene had jumps of 6-4, but McPherson cleared it on her first attempt.
An 18-year-old in Rio, Cunningham placed 13th at the 2016 Olympics. She’s in prime position to earn a spot on the podium in Tokyo next month.
The 23-year-old’s 6 feet, 7½ inches (2.02) clearance in May is the No.1 ranked mark in the world this year.
Cunningham is coached by her father, former NFL star quarterback Randall Cunningham.
Keni Harrison earns first Olympic bid
World-record holder Keni Harrison is on her way to her first Olympics.
Harrison qualified for Tokyo after winning the women’s 100-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 12.47.
Sunday’s win was redemption for Harrison. She failed to make the 2016 Olympic team after being a heavy favorite.
Rudy Winkler breaks American hammer record
Rudy Winkler broke a 25-year-old American record on his way to winning the men’s hammer. Winkler threw 271 feet, 4 inches on his second attempt to break the previous record of 270 feet, 9 inches, set by Lance Deal in 1996.
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