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High-jumper Chaunte Lowe not ceding to the future just yet

As the bar inched skyward in the women’s high jump final Sunday at the U.S. Olympic trials, all eyes were glued to Vashti Cunningham, the 18-year-old prodigy, 6-foot-1 physical marvel and daughter of NFL great Randall Cunningham.

Then, Chaunte Lowe, the 32-year-old veteran of three Olympics and 5-foot-9 mother of three children, proved that she retains a firm grip on the No. 1 spot.

After winning first place Sunday with a jump of 6 feet, 7 inches, the best mark in the world this year, Lowe described herself as “an old-timer who’s not ready to be counted out.”

“You saw that today,” said Lowe, the American record-holder. “I’m not ready to give up yet.”

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Jesse Washington is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He still gets buckets.