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Kanak Jha is first U.S. athlete born in 2000s to qualify for Olympics

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Table tennis player Kanak Jha will go down in history as the first American born in the 2000s to make an Olympic team.

Jha, born on June 19, 2000, qualified for the Rio Games by reaching the finals on the third and last day of a North American Olympic qualifying tournament in Markham, Ontario, on Sunday.

Jha will face 2012 Olympian Timothy Wang in the finals, but both have clinched Olympic berths. They join the already-qualified Yijun Feng to make up the three-man U.S. Olympic table tennis team.

A U.S. table tennis player has never advanced past the quarterfinals of an Olympic tournament.

Jha, of San Jose, Calif., is one of more than 80 athletes who have qualified for the 2016 U.S. Olympic team. The complete list of qualifiers is updated regularly here.

Other Americans born in the 2000s who could make the Rio Olympic team include gymnasts Laurie Hernandez and Ragan Smith and swimmer Reece Whitley.

At Sochi 2014, the youngest U.S. Olympic qualifier was slopestyle skier Maggie Voisin, who was born Dec. 14, 1998, but did not compete in Russia due to injury.

At London 2012, the youngest U.S. Olympic competitor was swimmer Katie Ledecky, who was born March 17, 1997.

Before Sunday, the youngest American to qualify for Rio was boxer Charles Conwell, born Nov. 2, 1997.

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