De Grasse ties his personal best time to cruise into Olympic 100 final

By on August 14, 2016


Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse. (Photo: Team Canada/Twitter)
Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse. (Photo: Team Canada/Twitter)

RIO DE JANEIRO—Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse has cruised into the final of the men’s 100 metres at the Rio Olympics.

The 21-year-old from Markham, Ont., ran 9.92 seconds to tie his personal best to finish second behind Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt in their semifinal, automatically moving on to the final later tonight.

With 20 metres to go, De Grasse turned and looked three times to make sure he was clear of the rest of the field—making his fast time all the more impressive.

He’ll be the first Candian to run in an Olympic men’s 100 final since Donovan Bailey won gold in 1996.

Bolt, a six-time Olympic champion, crossed in 9.86.

Jimmy Vicaut of France won the first semi in 9.95, American Justin Gatlin, the Olympic gold medallist in 2004, won the third semi 9.94.

De Grasse won bronze at last summer’s world championships and is making his Olympic debut in Rio.

The final is scheduled for later tonight.