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De Grasse grabs Olympic bronze at the 100 metres in Rio

De Grasse grabs Olympic bronze at the 100 metres in Rio

Posted by PanamericanWorld on August 14, 2016

Canada’s 21-year-old sprinter Andre De Grasse won the bronze medal on Sunday in the Olympic 100 metre final.

Finishing third to now triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica and American Justin Gatlin in second, De Grasse clocked a time of 9.91 seconds for his place on the podium.

Andre De Grasse reacting to a bronze medal finish in the Rio 2016 100m final. August 14, 2016 (photo/ Jason Ransom)

Andre De Grasse reacting to a bronze medal finish in the Rio 2016 100m final. August 14, 2016 (photo/ Jason Ransom)

This is Canada’s first Olympic 100m medal at the Olympic Games since Donovan Bailey won gold in world record fashion in Atlanta 1996.

The result is virtually the same from the world championships in Beijing a year ago, when De Grasse announced his arrival on the international stage. There he shared the world championship bronze medal podium with good friend and U.S. youngster Trayvon Bromell, while Bolt and Gatlin took the top two awards. A year later the third step of a major podium belongs exclusively to De Grasse.

Following the race and realizing what he had done upon the official placing posted on the Olympic Stadium scoreboard, De Grasse collapsed to his knees, clutching his face in disbelief and joy.

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