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David Blough leaned backwards in his chair with his hands on his head, then hunched forward nervously, cranked his neck and slapped the floor to let some of his tension out.

As Blough’s wife, Melissa Gonzalez, settled into her starting block for the first of four 400-meter hurdle qualifying heats Friday at the Tokyo Olympics, the Detroit Lions quarterback tapped his feet anxiously on the ground.

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Gonzalez finished second in her heat to advance to a semifinal race Monday as Blough celebrated wildly 6,000 miles away in the quarterback meeting room of the Lions’ Allen Park training facility, where an impromptu Olympic watch party broke out.

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