Andre De Grasse became an Olympic champion as he achieves a new Canadian record time for Men’s 200m. With three Americans trailing De Grasse, he managed to kick it up a notch and maintain the lead. The Canadian ran with powerful, precise, and explosive stride down the stretch of lane six.
De Grasse ran the race in a total of 19.62 seconds, beating the American Kenneth Bednarek who claimed silver. Bronze went to the other American Noah Lyles with a time of 19.74. After the race, De Grasse said “I looked up at the scoreboard the camera was on me and I knew I did it. I was just so proud of myself.” When he realized the victory, he fell on the track, rested on his back, and held his head in disbelief.
At 26 years of age the Markham, Ontario native has won a medal in every event he’s competed in over two Games. This was the first time he won gold and he craved it very much. De Grasse explained “That was the only way I was going to win this race. I knew the Americans were going to go after it. They run hard bends.”
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