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#TokyoGoldRush | De Grasse takes 200m gold

Published:Wednesday | August 4, 2021 | 8:46 AM
Canada's Andre de Grasse (right) crosses the line ahead of the USA's Kenneth Bednarek (second right) to win the Men's 200m final at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday. Also pictured are Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer (left), and Liberia's Joseph Fahnb
Canada's Andre de Grasse (right) crosses the line ahead of the USA's Kenneth Bednarek (second right) to win the Men's 200m final at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on Wednesday. Also pictured are Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer (left), and Liberia's Joseph Fahnbulleh.

Andre de Grasse is Canada's first 200m Olympic champion since Percy Williams at the 1928 Games.

De Grasse clocked a national record of 19.62 seconds for victory on Wednesday, ahead of the United States' Kenneth Bednarek, who took the silver medal in a personal best 19.68s. His USA teammate, Noah Lyles, claimed bronze in a season's best 19.74s.

Jamaica's Rasheed Dwyer, debuting at the Olympics, was seventh in 20.21s, ahead of Trinidad and Tobago's Jereem Richards, 20.39s.

It's de Grasse's second medal at the Tokyo Games, as he also claimed the bronze medal in the 100m final on Sunday.

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