Andre De Grasse earns bronze in 100 metres

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Published August 1, 2021 at 5:33 pm

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Andre De Grasse became the first Canadian male to medal in Tokyo when he overcame a slow start to capture the bronze medal in the 100-metre final this morning.

De Grasse ran a 9.89 – his fastest 100-metre time ever and the third-fastest in Canadian history – to earn his fourth Olympic medal, adding to the three he won in Rio in 2016.

A gold medal still eludes DeGrasse, who hails from Markham but got his start in the sport training with Tony Sharpe at the Speed Academy in Pickering, but he will get another chance at a medal in the 200, which begins Tuesday.

Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs took the gold in 9.80. The silver went to Fred Kerley of the United States.

Photo: Frank Gunn, Canadian Press

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