Sports Vashti Cunningham, daughter of former QB Randall Cunningham, makes Olympic team
Battling opposition and 4th COVID wave, Tokyo forges ahead with Olympics
Besieged by growing opposition and a fourth wave of COVID-19, Japan is determined to go ahead with the Tokyo Olympic Games next month.Olympic rings are stenciled on skyscrapers, draped on lampposts and defiantly planted in the middle of Tokyo Bay — seemingly declaring no pandemic will stand in the way: Tokyo 2020 will happen in '21, one year after its delay due to the coronavirus crisis.
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.
'I felt chills going up my body': Michael Phelps returns as fan to site of so many swimming triumphs
"Maybe put me in there, let me do a time trial or something." Michael Phelps relives past glories while attending the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.But when he first set foot near the pool in the Omaha arena where he won so many races and launched himself onto the 2008, 2012 and 2016 U.S. Olympic teams, he actually had to stop and gather his thoughts.
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.
Ryan Crouser goes big, breaks 31-year-old shot put record
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The record was older than he is. When Ryan Crouser broke it, “it felt like it was a huge weight lifted.” The 28-year-old who built a training pit at his home in Arkansas to stay on point during the coronavirus pandemic shattered a shot put world record Friday night that was set 2 1/2 years before he was born. On Day 1 of U.S. Olympic Trials, he heaved the massive medal sphere 76 feet, 8 1/4 inches (23.37 meters) to put his name in the record book and punch his ticket Tokyo, where he'll have a chance to defend his Olympic title next month. Just like he always imagined.
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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Phelps is gone, but plenty of star power at Olympic pool .
Michael Phelps loomed over the pool at the past four Summer Olympics, a figure so transcendent it was hard for anyone else to get their proper due. He's retired now, leaving a giant void in his wake. Not to worry. Even without Phelps, plenty of star power will be on display at the $515 million, 15,000-seat Tokyo Aquatics Centre. From Caeleb Dressel to Katie Ledecky, from Adam Peaty to Ariarne Titmus, from Katinka Hosszu to home-country favorite Daiya Seto, myriad swimmers are capable of playing a leading role in the post-Phelps era. “Obviously, losing Michael was huge for this team, but we haven't had him since 2016,” said American breaststroke star Lilly King.