The 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro aren't until August, but a number of Americans took the next step toward their gold-medal dreams during the United States Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, on Sunday.
Sunday's competition included the finals for the women's high jump, men's long jump, women's 400 meters, men's 400 meters, women's 100 meters and men's 100 meters.
Here is a look at the results for each of the finals.
Women's High Jump
Four-time Pro Bowl quarterback Randall Cunningham has some company in terms of accomplished athletes in his own family.
Cunningham's daughter, Vashti Cunningham, was among three women's high-jumpers who clinched spots in Rio on Sunday. Nick Zaccardi of NBC Sports noted the 18-year-old will be the youngest U.S. Olympian in the sport since 1980.
Cunningham already has the world indoor title on her resume, which she won in Portland in March after clearing 1.96 meters. The teenager will now look to win an Olympic gold medal after Sunday's impressive performance.
However, she wasn't the best high-jumper Sunday. Chaunte Lowe won as the only competitor to clear 2.01 meters. NBC Olympics shared her reaction:
Inika McPherson (1.93 meters) will head to Rio alongside Lowe and Cunningham (1.97 meters).
Men's Long Jump
Jeffery Henderson went flying through the air on his third attempt for a total of 8.59 meters, and the result held for the rest of the competition Sunday.
Henderson will compete in Rio alongside Jarrion Lawson and Will Claye after they finished in first, second and third place, respectively, in the men's long jump. The U.S. Olympic Team passed along the word:
Henderson, Lawson and Claye weren't the only athletes to make headlines in the event. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin finished in seventh place and will now have to shift his attention back to the gridiron, as Andy Young of Time Warner Cable News pointed out:
Women's 400 Meters
Six-time Olympic medalist Allyson Felix is going back to the Games after winning the women's 400-meter final Sunday. Phyllis Francis and Natasha Hastings will join her in Rio after finishing second and third, respectively.
Felix posted a blistering pace of 49.68 seconds thanks to a strong finishing kick, which NBC Olympics passed along:
Julia Fincher of NBC Sports noted Felix, who was running with a sprained ankle, will compete in the 400 meters at the Olympics for the first time in her illustrious career. Tim Layden of Sports Illustrated reacted to the accomplishment in light of the fact that she had suffered an injury:
Men's 400 Meters
Felix wasn't the only former Olympic medalist to qualify for the 2016 Games in the 400 meters Sunday. LaShawn Merritt, who won the gold in the event at the 2008 Olympics, set the pace on the men's side with a time of 43.97 seconds.
Gil Roberts and David Verburg, who finished in second and third, respectively, will head to Rio as well. The U.S. Olympic Team provided the first look at the Americans who will represent their country in the event:
Women's 100 Meters
|2||Tianna Bartoletta||10.78 (10.776)|
|3||Tori Bowie||10.78 (10.779)|
Less than 0.05 seconds separated the top three finishers in the women's 100-meter final, but English Gardner held off Tianna Bartoletta and Tori Bowie for the victory. The best news for all three is the fact that they are all headed to the Olympic Games.
NBC Olympics shared Gardner's elation after the victory:
There was a bigger gap between third and fourth place than fourth and eighth, which underscores how dominant the top three finishers were.
Men's 100 Meters
Justin Gatlin is one of the biggest names in U.S. track and field, and he proved why with a victory in the men's 100-meter final to cap off the day in Oregon.
The four-time Olympic medalist posted a time of 9.80 seconds to make his third Olympic team at the age of 34. He will be joined in Rio by Trayvon Bromell and Marvin Bracy, while veteran Tyson Gay finished in fifth place with a time of 10.03 seconds.
NBC Olympics shared Gatlin's triumph:
If he repeats that performance in Rio, he could add another medal to his list of accomplishments.