Canadian sprint sensation Andre De GrasseÂ capturedÂ his second gold medal of the Pan Am Games in thrilling fashion Friday, winningÂ a photo complete in the men's 200-metre final whileÂ setting a new nationalÂ record.
De GrasseÂ broke his own Canadian recordÂ with his time ofÂ 19.88 seconds, shattering his prior best ofÂ 20.03.
He crossed the line neck & neck withÂ Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer, who finished in 19.90 to take the silver,Â andÂ 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. HeÂ won gold in the Pan AmÂ 100mÂ event on Wednesday for his first major international victory.
Last month, the Markham, Ont., native,Â who runs for the University of Southern California,Â won both the 100 & 200 at theÂ NCAAÂ (U.S. collegiate)Â championships.
De Grasse to join relay team for final
De Grasse appeared fatigued at times during his run to the 200m gold, yet he saidÂ after the final that he intends to compete in the 4×100 relay finalÂ on Saturday.
The teamÂ 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 GrasseÂ toldÂ CBC'sÂ 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 ChristabelÂ Nettey won gold in the women's long jump.
Nettey'sÂ 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 usualÂ 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, thenÂ was briefly disqualified before being reinstated.
TheÂ Bahamas andÂ 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-ThiboutotÂ added two more medals for Canada by taking silver & bronze, respectively, in the men's 1,500 metres.
American Andrew WheatingÂ won gold.
It was another tight finish, as only 0.38 of a second separated Wheating fromÂ Philibert-Thiboutot.
Lalonde adds bronze
Canada's GeneviÃ¨â€‹ve Lalonde added a bronze medal in the women's 3,000m steeplechase.
LalondeÂ (9:53.03) finished behind a pair of AmericansÂ â€” gold medallist Ashley Higginson (9:48.12) & ShalayaÂ 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)