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Chaunté Lowe


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Chaunté Lowe, born January 12, 1984, is an American athlete, who competes in the high jump and participated in the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. She is the American record holder in the women's high jump, both outdoors, with a height of 2.05 meters, and indoors, with a height of 2.02 meters. Lowe graduated from John W. North High School in Riverside, California, where she won the National Scholastic Indoor Championships twice. She won the 2001 CIF California State Meet in the high jump and finished second in 2002 in the high jump, long jump and triple jump, leading her team to the state team championships. Lowe jumped 1.85 meters in the qualifying round of the women's high jump at the 2004 Summer Olympics and did not reach the final. In the qualifying round, Lowe tied with Iryna Mykhalchenko for second in her group with a height of 1.93 meters. In the final, Lowe placed second behind Kajsa Bergqvist, who jumped 2.02 meters, with a height of 2.00 meters. Lowe jumped 1.93 meters in the qualifying round at the 2008 Summer Olympics to reach the final.

She placed sixth in the high jump final with a height of 1.99 meters. Competing in 2009, she became the national champion with a clearance of 1.95 meters at the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, beating Amy Acuff to the title on countback. This gained her qualification into the 2009 World Championships in Athletics: she reached the 2009 high jump final, but she could not repeat her past medal performance and finished in seventh place. She closed the year with a fourth place finish at the last edition of the World Athletics Final. Lowe improved her indoor best with a jump of 1.98 meters at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2010. She attempted to tie with Tisha Waller's record, but just knocked the bar at the last moment. At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, she won a bronze medal in the high jump with a clearance of 1.98 meters. On May 30, 2010, Lowe broke Louise Ritter's American record of 2.03 meters set in 1988 with a clearance of 2.04 meters in Cottbus, Germany. Less than a month later, On June 26, 2010, Lowe improved her record with a clearance of 2.05 meters in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lowe’s high school coach didn’t want her to try the high jump because he wanted to keep her in the sprints. Little did he know that she would go on to become one of the best high jumpers not only in the U.S. but also the world. Thankfully, Lowe was able to convince her high school coach to let her try the high jump. After moving across the country to study at Georgia Tech and train with coach Nat Page, Lowe was able to realize her childhood dream of going to the Olympics at only 20 years of age, making her the first woman from Georgia Tech’s track and field team to become an Olympian. American high jump record-holder Chaunte Lowe last year had one of her best seasons to date. It started with an indoor PB of 1.98m and a bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships. During the summer she went on to twice break the US record, first with 2.04m, then with 2.05m at the US Championships. Just minutes later she ran across to the long jump pit to take silver with a PB of 6.90m – undoubtedly the best one-day jumps double in history.

Lowe was also the only athlete in the world last year who was able to consistently give Blanka Vlasic – the 2010 world athlete of the year – a run for her money. Lowe beat the world champion twice – in Ostrava and Barcelona – and matched the Croatian’s winning jumps in Rome (2.01m) and Oslo (2.03m), only losing on countback. Lowe capped a successful 2012 Indoor season by winning the USA Indoor Championship at Albuquerque, NM, on February 26, with a new national record of 2.02 meters (6' 7.50"). That broke the American indoor, and Championship meet mark of 2.01 meters (6' 7.25") established at the 1998 USA Indoor Championship meet by Tisha Waller. Lowe won the competition as the only jumper to clear 1.93 meters (6'4"), then went on to clear 1.96 meters, 1.99 meters, scaled 2.02 meters on her third attempt, and made three attempts at 2.04 meters. She set a meet record at the Drake Relays in April with a jump of 1.98 meters. On March 10, she topped this successful indoor season by becoming World Indoor Champion at the IAAF World Indoor Championships on in Istanbul being the only one to clear 1.98 meters. She took a year off from competition in 2007 and gave birth to her daughter, Jasmine and another daughter, Aurora Elizabeth, was born in April 2011. She is married to Mario Lowe, a triple jumper. She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2008.

More about her career at: www.iaaf.org

source: www.wikipedia.org







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