Vashti Cunningham qualifies for Rio Olympics, becomes youngest athlete to make US Track and Field team in 36 years

HISTORY: Vashti Cunningham

HISTORY: Vashti Cunningham

VASHTI CUNNINGHAM, daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham, became the youngest athlete to make the US Track and Field Olympic team since 1980.

Over the weekend, the 18-year old l qualified for the Rio Olympics in her specialty, high jump, making her the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic track team in decades.

She qualified by finishing second to veteran Chaunte Lowe (in contrast to Cunningham, Lowe is a 32-year old mother of three).

Chaunte cleared a world-leading 2.01 meters (or 6-foot-7) to win, with Cunningham clearing 1.97 meters (6-foot-5.5).

Vashti is coached by her father, who is also currently working as her agent, as she turned pro earlier this year.


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