The U.S. Olympic Trials for men’s long jump begins at 6:45 p.m. eastern
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Tonight is the night for long-jumper and Northeast Ohio’s own, Corey Crawford.
Corey, son of 3News Anchor Jay Crawford, has spent the last several years working tirelessly toward his goal of going to the upcoming Tokyo Olympics Games, originally planned for 2020. Unfortunately, the Olympics were posted last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning an additional year of grueling training for many Olympic hopefuls, including Corey.
And while the COVID-19 pandemic may not be fully under control, the International Olympic Committee has deemed it safe enough to move forward with the games in Japan this summer.
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“It’s 2021, it’s definitely going down! So, it’s definitely been a weird ride, but it’s definitely been different in a sense,” Corey, who trains at Spire Institute in Geneva, recently told 3News.
During the qualifying trials on Friday, Corey took fifth place with a jump measuring 8.03 feet, securing him a spot at Sunday’s official Olympic trials. In order to move on to Tokyo, he will need to claim one of the top three spots.
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Jay offered his son words of advice ahead of the Olympic trials, writing on Twitter Sunday afternoon, “I’ve watched him compete in every sport since he was 4 yrs old. His effort, unmatched. Desire, immeasurable. Talent rich, bigger heart. Roadblocks, countless. Dream, within grasp. Go hit a bomb son. @crawfordbounce #longjump #usatf #olympictrials.”
The men’s long jump finals begin at 6:45 p.m. eastern and can be streamed here.
The 2021 Tokyo Olympics will kick off on July 23 at 7 a.m. eastern time and will be broadcast on NBC.
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