On Friday evening—Saturday morning in Tokyo—olympic athlete Melissa Gonzalez finished second in the first heat of the 400 meter hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics, qualifying her for the semifinal round. Gonzalez, representing the Colombian national team, ran a 55.37—her personal best and a national record for the country of Colombia.
Gonzalez is the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback David Blough, who was watching in Michigan after his team’s third training camp practice. Lions head coach Dan Campbell wished Gonzalez luck during his Friday morning press conference.
“I want to wish Melissa Blough the best of luck tonight and David, for that matter,” Campbell said. “We said something last night in the team meeting. I asked David, ‘When is Melissa running?’ He was like, ‘8:00, tomorrow night.’ The team man, they went crazy. So, that was pretty cool. They’re all in tune for it. We’ll be watching her tonight.”
In a touching sentiment, several Lions players offered a good luck to Melissa via a virtual message recorded Friday morning.
Gonzalez is next scheduled to run the 400-meter hurdles during the semifinal round, which begins on Monday, August 2 at 7:35 a.m. ET. Across the world, her husband will be taking the practice field just an hour later for the Lions’ first training camp practice in front of a public audience.
Congratulations to Melissa, and good luck on Monday!
UPDATE: Here is Blough’s initial reaction via Instagram: