Andre De Grasse is now an Olympic champion.
The 26-year-old from Markham, Ont., posted a time of 19.62 seconds in the 200-metre final on Wednesday at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, capturing the one medal that had eluded him until now: gold.
De Grasse now has five career medals at the Games — he’s won a medal in every event he’s competed in at the Rio and Tokyo Olympics.
It’s the first time a Canadian man has won the 200 since Percy Williams did it in 1928 at the Games in Amsterdam — and it’s only the third time in the history of the Olympics a Canadian has captured the gold medal in the event.
De Grasse’s time is a new personal best and Canadian record in the 200m.
The United States’ Kenneth Bednarek (19.68) and Noah Lyles (19.74) took silver and bronze, respectively.
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Fellow Canadian Aaron Brown finished in sixth with a time of 20.20.
More to come.
Published at Fri, 23 Jul 2021 17:08:14 +0000