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Van Wyck native earns spot on 200-meter team

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By Natalie Harris

Van Wyck native and Olympic medalist Shawn Crawford will get another shot at Olympic gold this summer.

Crawford, 30, qualified for the Beijing Olympics in the 200-meter race at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday.

Crawford had the best legal times in all of his heats.

In the final race, he came in second by five-thousandths of a second. Three-time NCAA champion Walter Dix just beat out Crawford at the finish in 19.852 seconds. Crawford had 19.857. Wallace Spearmon also qualified for the Olympics with 19.90.


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