Markham, Ontario’s Andre DeGrasse Strikes Gold At Tokyo Olympics

You can go ahead and add another medal to Canada’s pile. Markham, Ontario’s Andre DeGrasse has won gold at the Tokyo Olympics. On Wednesday morning, DeGrasse bolted to the front of the pack during the men’s 200m finals, where he finished with a time of 19.62 seconds. Not only is this a new personal best for DeGrasse, but it’s also a new Canadian record. This comes one day after setting his previous personal best, and the previous Canadian record at 19.73 seconds. 


The accomplishments don’t end there, however. DeGrasse is the first Canadian man to win the gold medal in the 200m event since Percy Williams at the Amsterdam games in 1928. This is DeGrasse’s second medal at the Tokyo Olympics and his fifth medal since competing at the Rio Olympics in 2016. He won the bronze medal in the men’s 100m event. As of this writing, DeGrasse has won a medal in every event he has participated in.


For the men’s 200m finals, DeGrasse was joined by fellow Canadian Aaron Brown, who placed 6th overall. Kenneth Bednarek and Noah Lyles from the United States took the silver and bronze medals respectively. 


This isn’t the last we’ll see of DeGrasse during the Tokyo Olympics either. He will be participating in the 4 x 100m relay race as part of Team Canada as well. That event will begin tonight at 10:30 pm ET. To watch that event, or see a schedule of all upcoming events, please click here.

Image Credit: CTV

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