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Canada’s Andre De Grasse won the men’s 200m final in the Tokyo Olympic Games improving upon his own national record with a 19.62 performance.

He started fast, but not first, hit the bend hard, but so had American Noah Lyles and fellow Canadian Aaron Brown, there seemed to be a three-man race until late when no one could answer De Grasse’s acceleration through the final 20m.

“I’m just proud – proud of this moment. I want everybody to know: I shocked the world. That’s what I came here to do. This is my moment. I knew I had it in me and I just wanted to come out here and get the job done,” said De Grasse. “Coming into my second Games, I knew I was ready. I was prepared for this. I trained an extra year for this, and I knew I was ready,” said De Grasse.

It is his first gold medal and fifth total between the 2016 Rio Olympics and Tokyo. He has one more event, the 4 x 100m Relay to make it six. It is also the first 200m gold for Canada since Percy Williams in 1928.

The 19.62 performance is the 18th fastest time run in history, but nine of the faster performances were run by Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. Three are by fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake, while the rest are by Americans Michael Johnston, Tyson Gay, Walter Dix, Justin Gatlin, and Noah Lyles. De Grasse is now the eighth-fastest 200m runner in history.

Kenneth Bednarek finished second in the time of 19.68, while Lyles clocked a 19.73 for bronze.

American Erriyon Knight, at age 17, appears to be the future of sprinting and the heir apparent to Usain Bolt, who also ran world-class times as a teenager. Although he finished fourth, he does own a personal best of 19.84 during the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR. That performance is a World U18 and U20 record.

For De Grasse, he is one of the all-time greatest Canadian sprinters. He was the only athlete to double in the 100m and 200m in Tokyo and will now go for a medal in the 4 x 100m Relay.

Final

RankCountryNameTime
1CANde GRASSE Andre19.62
2USABEDNAREK Kenneth19.68
3USALYLES Noah19.73
4USAKNIGHTON Erriyon19.93
5LBRFAHNBULLEH Joseph19.98
6CANBROWN Aaron20.20
7JAMDWYER Rasheed20.21
8TTORICHARDS Jereem20.39

Semi-Final One

RankCountryNameTimeQualification
1USAKNIGHTON Erriyon20.02Q
2JAMDWYER Rasheed20.13Q
3NGRODUDURU Divine20.16
4GHAAMOAH Joseph Paul20.27
5QATOGUNODE Femi20.34
6ITADESALU Eseosa Fostine20.43
7CHNXIE Zhenye20.45
8RSAJOBODWANA Anaso20.88

Semi-Final Two

RankCountryNameTimeQualification
1CANBROWN Aaron19.99(.982)Q
2LBRFAHNBULLEH Joseph19.99(.982)Q
3USALYLES Noah19.99(.983)q
4DOMMARTINEZ Yancarlos20.23
5SUIREAIS William20.44
6RSAMUNYAI Clarence20.49
7BELVANDERBEMDEN Robin21
8PANEDWARD AlonsoDNF

Semi-Final Three

RankCountryNameTimeQualification
1CANde GRASSE Andre19.73Q
2USABEDNAREK Kenneth19.82Q
3TTORICHARDS Jereem20.10q
4RSAMASWANGANYI Shaun20.18
5SWZMATSENJWA Sibusiso20.22
6TURGULIYEV Ramil20.30
7IRLREID Leon20.54
8NEDBURNET Taymir20.9-

Heat one

RankCountryNameTime
1JAMDWYER Rasheed20.31Q
2NGRODUDURU Divine20.36Q
3SAJOBODWANA Anaso20.78Q
4BRAVIDES Jorge20.94
5MLISISSOKO Fode21.00
6JPNIIZUKA Shota21.02
7ESASALAZAR Jose Andres21.66

Heat two

RankCountryNameTime
1TTORICHARDS Jereem20.52Q
2SAMASWANGANYI Shaun20.58Q
3NEDBURNET Taymir20.60Q
4CMRESEME Emmanuel20.65
5SVKVOLKO Jan21.21
6JPNSANI BROWN Abdul Hakim21.41
CZEJIRKA JanDQ
COLBALOYES BernardoDNS

Heat three

RankCountryNameTime
1QATOGUNODE Femi20.37Q
2TURGULIYEV Ramil20.54Q
3CANde GRASSE Andre20.56Q
4TTOGREAUX Kyle20.77
5JPNYAMASHITA Jun20.78
6BRAJUNIOR Aldemir20.84
SWZMATSENJWA SibusisoDQ

Heat four

RankCountryNameTime
1USAKNIGHTON Erriyon20.55Q
2PANEDWARD Alonso20.60Q
3BELVANDERBEMDEN Robin20.70Q
4ZAMSIAME Sydney21.01
5LTUTRUSKAUSKAS Gediminas21.02
6GERMULLER Steven21.08
7GBRGEMILI Adam1:58.58

Heat five

RankCountryNameTime
1CANBROWN Aaron20.38Q
2LBRFAHNBULLEH Joseph20.46Q
3SUIREAIS William20.51Q
4UKRSMELYK Serhiy20.53
5ITAINFANTINO Antonio20.90
6BRAVILAR Lucas21.31
7BRUAR RASYID Muhd Noor Firdaus21.83

Heat six

RankCountryNameTime
1USABEDNAREK Kenneth20.01Q
2DOMMARTINEZ Yancarlos20.17Q
3ITADESALU Eseosa Fostine20.29Q
4CHNXIE Zhenye20.34q
5GBRMITCHELL-BLAKE Nethaneel20.56
6IRLLAWLER Marcus20.73
LBRMATADI EmmanuelDNS

Heat seven

RankCountryNameTime
1USALYLES Noah20.18Q
2SWZMATSENJWA Sibusiso20.34Q
3GHAAMOAH Joseph Paul20.35Q
4SAMUNYAI Clarence20.49q
5IRLREID Leon20.53q
6CANRODNEY Brendon20.60
7JAMFORTE Julian20.65
8LBNHADID Noureddine21.12

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