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Canadian André de Grasse who won three medals at the Tokyo Olympics, continued to run well this season with a win on Saturday in a ripping 9.74 first-place finish in Eugene, Oregon at Hayward Field. It is a season-best.
Andre De Grasse! Three medals in Tokyo weren’t enough. He adds a 100-metre win at @nikepreclassic in Oregon with a 🔥🔥🔥 time of 9.74 (wind: +2.9)! pic.twitter.com/mSGCtxSoQv— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) August 21, 2021
De Grasse defeated Tokyo Olympic silver medallist Fred Kerley, who finished in 9.78. Fellow American Ronnie Baker clocked a 9.82 finish time for third. For Kerley, it is a pending new personal best performance. Baker finished fifth in Tokyo. During the rounds he set a new personal best of 9.83. Saturday’s race was 1/100th of a second faster.
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As per Tokyo, the Americans didn’t fare well in the sprints. In the women’s 100m event, Jamaicans went 1-2-3. Sha’Carri Richardson finished dead last.
In the women’s 1500m, Kenyan Faith Kipyegon parlayed her Tokyo gold-medal fitness to Prefontaine. She won in the time of 3:53.23. The 27-year-old’s personal best was set this season at 3:51.07 in the Monaco Diamond League meet in June.
Australian Linden Hall finished well back at 3:59.72 and American Jostte Norris clocked a 4:00.07 third-place finish.
Like Kipyegon, Norweigen Jacob Ingebrigtsen carried on winning after taking gold in Tokyo, this time in the mile with a 3:47.24 performance. Aussie Stewart McSweyn finished second in the time of 3:48.40, while Kenyan Timothy Cheruiyot clocked a 3:51.17 third-place finish.
For the 20-year-old Ingebrigtsen, it was another impressive win after taking gold in the 1500m distance event in Tokyo with a 3:28.32 finish time.
All 11 finishers clocked well under the four-minute benchmark, including Canadian Mo Ahmed, known for his 5000m and 10,000m prowess. Ahmed set a new personal best to finish 10th in the time of 3:53.87.