Andre de Grasse wins Tokyo 2020 gold
TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 04: Andre de Grasse of Team Canada wins the Men's 200m Final on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

tokyo 2020 alertsAndre De Grasse finally delivered on the global stage, striking gold in the men’s 200m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Wednesday (4 Aug).

De Grasse, who won Rio 2016 silver in the 200m and 100m bronze behind Usain Bolt, and again bronze here in the 100m, finally took gold in a new Canadian record 19.62.

Also, at the World Championships, De Grasse won 200m silver and 100m bronze in Doha 2019; 100m bronze in Beijing 2015.

“Finally, finally, De Grasse is a global champion,” the commentator described the moment. De Grasse became the first Canadian after Percy Williams, who won the 200m gold in 1928, to win the event.

Donovan Bailey won the 100m title for Canada back at the Atlanta 1996 event.

In arguably the best sprint race of the games so far, Lyles led them off the curve, but just ahead of Bednarek and De Grasse, and held a slight edge even with 50 metres to go. Lyles, however, faded while De Grasse, with high knees, found an extra gear and powered pass Lyles and had Bednarek trailed him across the line.

ย USA’s Kenny Bednarek finished strong to take the silver with a PB of 19.68, and Noah Lyles, who grimace under pressure, held on for bronze in 19.74.

Seventeen-year-old Erriyon Knighton, who broke two of Usain Bolt’s records this season, goes sub-20 with 19.93 in fourth, and Liberia’s Joseph Fahnbulleh sneaked inside 20 with 19.98 in fifth.

Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer, 20.21 finished 7th and Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards 20.39 finished 8th.

Earlier, De Grasse ran 19.73, a then Canadian record, in the semi-finals.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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