Andre De Grasse wins gold in 200m thriller

Andre De Grasse wins gold in 200m thriller

Canadian sprint sensation Andre De Grasse captured his second gold medal of the Pan Am Games in thrilling fashion Friday, winning a photo complete in the men's 200-metre final while setting a new national record.

De Grasse broke his own Canadian record with his time of 19.88 seconds, shattering his prior best of 20.03.

He crossed the line neck & neck with Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer, who finished in 19.90 to take the silver, and Panama's Alonso Edward, who received the bronze with the same time.

De Grasse, 20, has burst on the international scene over the last few weeks. He won gold in the Pan Am 100m event on Wednesday for his first major international victory.

Last month, the Markham, Ont., native, who runs for the University of Southern California, won both the 100 & 200 at the NCAA (U.S. collegiate) championships.

De Grasse to join relay team for final

De Grasse appeared fatigued at times during his run to the 200m gold, yet he said after the final that he intends to compete in the 4×100 relay final on Saturday.

The team qualified without De Grasse on Friday by finishing third in its semifinal heat. The top three in each heat automatically move on, plus two wild cards.

"I'm gonna be ready to run the second leg," De Grasse told CBC's Brenda Irving.

Antigua & Barbuda won Canada's heat, followed by the United States. Trinidad & Tobago won the other heat, followed by Barbados & the Dominican Republic. The wild cards went to Jamaica & Brazil.

Nettey jumps to gold

Canada's Christabel Nettey won gold in the women's long jump.

Nettey's top jump of 6.90 metres blew away the competition. The Bahamas' Bianca Stuart took the silver medal with a leap of 6.69 metres, & American Sha'Keela Saunders (6.66) received the bronze.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton (6.64) finished fourth. With the world track & field championships approaching, the Canadian heptathlon star opted out of her usual event. She'll moreover compete in the 4×400-metre relay.

Women's relay team moves on

The Canadian women's 4x100m relay team easily advanced to its final, finishing second to Jamaica in its semifinal heat. Brazil was third.

The Unites States won the other heat, then was briefly disqualified before being reinstated.

The Bahamas and Cuba received the other two automatic qualifying spots in the heat, & the two wild-card berths went to Venezuela & Puerto Rico.

Canadians win 2 medals in 1,500

Right after De Grasse won gold, Nathan Brannen & Charles Philibert-Thiboutot added two more medals for Canada by taking silver & bronze, respectively, in the men's 1,500 metres.

American Andrew Wheating won gold.

It was another tight finish, as only 0.38 of a second separated Wheating from Philibert-Thiboutot.

Lalonde adds bronze

Canada's Geneviè​ve Lalonde added a bronze medal in the women's 3,000m steeplechase.

Lalonde (9:53.03) finished behind a pair of Americans — gold medallist Ashley Higginson (9:48.12) & Shalaya Kipp (9:49.96).

Correction : An earlier version of this story state that Andre De Grasse set a new Pan Am Games record in the men's 200m final. In fact he broke only the Canadian record.(Jul 24, 2015 7:28 PM)

Source: “CBC”

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