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Lion start for Andre De Grasse, Jamaican treble in the women’s 100m

The 26-year-old Ontarian dominated the competition with an unbeatable time of 9s 91/100.

Andre De Grasse qualifies with flying colors in the 100m

Photo : Getty Images / Cameron Spencer

That’s what I trained for all year, said De Grasse, all smiles, after his race. These are the Olympics […] I had to be sure to put in all the efforts from the start of the year and succeed in demonstrating my talent at the right time.

The Canadian did not seem at all bothered by the two false starts that took place in his wave and which led to the disqualification of Nigerian Divine Oduduru.

I’m used to it, I’m focused, he said. You just gotta go with everyone. If you do this, the race is yours.

De Grasse won the bronze medal over the distance in Brazil in 2016. He also won silver in the 200m and bronze in the 4 x 100m.

All the Olympics are different. There was the pandemic and I had never been to Tokyo before. Everything is different. Even though I try to profit from my experience, there is always the young person in me who tells me that it is not the same [qu’à Rio] and that we have to do things a little differently. I have to stay focused, in the present, and enjoy the moment.

A quote from:Andre De Grasse

De Grasse is among the favorites to succeed Usain Bolt, reigning three-time Olympic champion in the 100 and 200m, but now retired. The Jamaican still holds the world mark (9.58s, in 2009) and the Olympic record (9.63s, in 2012) in the 100m.

A tear in a hamstring in 2017 slowed the progress of De Grasse, who however made a strong comeback on the international stage at the Doha Worlds in 2019, with bronze medals in the 100m and silver in the 200m. .

Since the start of the current season, however, he has only had two 4th places in the Diamond League over 100 m.

The other Canadians in action in this event, Gavin Smellie (10.44 s) and Bismark Boateng (10.47 s), missed their qualification by each finishing 8th in their respective heat. They finished 44th and 45th overall.

The semi-finals and the 100m final will be presented on Sunday.

A Jamaican podium

The women’s 100m was outrageously dominated by Jamaican sprinters.

Elaine Thompson-Herah retained her title setting an Olympic record of 10.61s in the final. Her compatriots Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (10.74 s) and Shericka Jackson (10.76 s) won the silver and bronze medals.

Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (left), Elaine Thompson-Herah (center) and Shericka Jackson (right)

Photo : Getty Images / Matthias Hangst

I didn’t expect to run so fast tonight. I was like “come on you already did it, you can do it again”. Behind this 10, 61s, there is a lot of work, said the champion at a press conference.

Jamaican hat-trick shows sprinting is still strong in Jamaica, she added.

No Canadian qualified for the ultimate race.

In the semifinals, Ontarians Khamica Bingham (11.22 s) and Crystal Emmanuel (11.21 s) placed 5th and 6th in their respective heat. Only the first two in each group, followed by the fastest two of all the riders, advanced to the final.

Emmanuel finished the race in 16th place, while Bingham finished 18th.

Meanwhile, the Poles (3: 09.87) won gold in the mixed 4x400m relay, which was featured for the first time at the Olympics. The Dominicans and Americans, who won their appeals following disqualifications for poor runs in qualifying, completed the podium.

The Dominicans got the silver after covering the distance in 3: 10.21, a hundredth of a second faster than the Americans.

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