Chaunté Lowe

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Chaunté Lowe
Chaunté Howard Lowe Doha 2010.jpg
Chaunté Lowe in Doha 2010
Personal information
Birth name Chaunté Howard
Nationality  United States
Born (1984-01-12) January 12, 1984 (age 32)
California
Residence Jacksonville, Florida
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 131 lb (59 kg)
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High jump, long jump
College team Georgia Tech
Club Nike
Coached by Mario Lowe
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) High jump: 2.05 m (Des Moines, 2010)
High jump (indoor): 2.02 m (Albuquerque, 2012)

Chaunté Lowe (née Howard) (born January 12, 1984) is an American athlete, who competes in the high jump and participated in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. In the 2008 Olympics she initially placed sixth, but was later awarded the bronze medal in the high jump after several competitors were disqualified.[1] She is the American record holder in the women's high jump, both outdoors, with a height of 2.05 m, and indoors, with a height of 2.02 m.

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Lowe graduated from John W. North High School in Riverside, California, where she won the National Scholastic Indoor Championships twice.[2][3] She won the 2001 CIF California State Meet in the high jump[4] and finished second in 2002 in the high jump, long jump and triple jump,[5] leading her team to the state team championships.[6] Among her first successes was a high jump bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships.[7]

2004 Summer Olympics[edit]

Lowe jumped 1.85 m in the qualifying round of the women's high jump at the 2004 Summer Olympics and did not reach the final.[8]

2005 IAAF World Championships[edit]

In the qualifying round, Lowe tied with Iryna Mykhalchenko for second in her group with a height of 1.93 m.[9] In the final, Lowe placed second behind Kajsa Bergqvist, who jumped 2.02 m, with a height of 2.00 m.[10]

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

Lowe jumped 1.93 m in the qualifying round at the 2008 Summer Olympics to reach the final.[11] She initially placed sixth in the high jump final with a height of 1.99 m.[12] In 2016 the International Olympic Committee stripped Russians Anna Chicherova and Yelena Slesarenko and Ukrainian Vita Palamar of their placements ahead of Lowe due to positive drug tests, resulting in Lowe being awarded the bronze medal for the event.[1]

2009-2010[edit]

Competing in 2009, she became the national champion with a clearance of 1.95 m 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 m 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.[13] At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, she won a bronze medal in the high jump with a clearance of 1.98 m.

On May 30, 2010, Lowe broke Louise Ritter's American record of 2.03 m set in 1988 with a clearance of 2.04 m in Cottbus, Germany.[14] Less than a month later, On June 26, 2010, Lowe improved her record with a clearance of 2.05 m in Des Moines, IA.[15]

2012[edit]

Lowe celebrating her win at the 2012 World Indoor Championships.

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 2.02m (6' 7.50"): That broke the American indoor, and Championship meet, mark of 2.01 (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 (6'4"), then went on to clear 1.96, 1.99, scaled 2.02 on her third attempt, and made three attempts at 2.04.[16] She set a meet record at the Drake Relays in April with a jump of 1.98 m.[17] 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 m.

At the Summer Olympics, she again reached the final and again finished in 6th place, a result she found disappointing because she was one of the favourites.[18]

2014[edit]

Back from pregnancy for the 3rd time in 2013, Lowe was the runner-up in the high jump in 1.94 meters at 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships but then was awarded as the winner because Inika McPherson has been stripped for doping. At the 2014 Continental Cup, Lowe took 2nd place behind Mariya Kuchina (1.99 m) in a season's best of 1.97 m. Lowe won the high jump in 1.91 meters at 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Her results were less great as the other years because she needed to help her second daughter who suffers of autism. She participated at the World championships but failed to clear the first bar at 1.80 m.

2016 : back to the top[edit]

During the indoor season, Lowe came back to the great heights and cleared a season's best at 1.95 m in Albuquerque. She finished 3rd at the US Indoor Championships with a 1.93 meters' clearance.

Back outdoors, she jumped a WL of 1.93 m in February, then won the Ibero-American title with a 1.96 m clearance. On July 3, she qualifies for her 4th Olympic team by winning the 2016 Olympic Trials with 2.01 m, tying her own trial record. She jumped a WL.

Personal life[edit]

She took a year off from competition in 2007 and gave birth to her daughter, Jasmine. Another daughter was born in April 2011.[19] She is married to Mario Lowe, a triple jumper.[20] She graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2008.

She is currently attending Western Governors University for her master's degree.

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best (m) Venue Date
High jump (outdoor) 2.05 AR, NR Des Moines, Iowa June 26, 2010
High jump (indoor) 2.02 AR, NR Albuquerque, New Mexico February 26, 2012

Key: AR = Area record, NR = National record

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ruiz, Rebecca R. (November 21, 2016). "Olympics History Rewritten: New Doping Tests Topple the Podium". The New York Times. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ "National Scholastic results". National Scholastic Sports Foundation. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  3. ^ "National Scholastic results". National Scholastic Sports Foundation. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  4. ^ "2001 CIF California State Meet results". DyeStat. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  5. ^ "2002 CIF California State Meet results". DyeStat. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  6. ^ "California 2002 Outdoor State Meet". DyeStat. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  7. ^ Pan American Junior Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
  8. ^ "Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games: Women's High Jump Qualifying Round". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  9. ^ "2005 IAAF World Championships: Women's High Jump Qualifying Round" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  10. ^ "2005 IAAF World Championships: Women's High Jump Final" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  11. ^ "Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Women's High Jump Qualifying Round". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  12. ^ "Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Women's High Jump Final Round". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  13. ^ Lee, Kirby (2010-02-28). High jumpers Lowe and Williams impress in Albuquerque – USA Indoor Champs, day 1. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.
  14. ^ "2.04m US High Jump record for Lowe in Cottbus". IAAF. May 31, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Lowe sets U.S record in high jump". USATF. 2010-06-26. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  16. ^ USTAF Indoor Championships, 26 February 2012; "Women's High Jump, Results"; accessed 26 FEB 2012.
  17. ^ Dunaway, Jim (2012-04-29). Spearmon, Lowe and Wilson break meet records at Drake Relays. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-05-03.
  18. ^ "Chaunte Howard-Lowe Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-07-19. 
  19. ^ Athletics Weekly: Chaunte Lowe set to make return post-childbirth at US Championships Archived June 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., June,11 20111
  20. ^ Lee, Kirby (2008-07-05). Howard shows she's ready. The Press Enterprise. Retrieved on 2010-02-28.

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