May 28th, 2024

De Grasse tops men’s 200m leaderboard at East Coast Relays in outdoor season debut

By The Canadian Press on April 26, 2024.

Andre De Grasse wears a Canadian flag on his shoulders after winning the men's 200-metre final at the Canadian track and field championships, in Langley, B.C., Sunday, July 30, 2023. Andre De Grasse enjoyed a successful outdoor season debut in the men's 200 metres at the East Coast Relays on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Andre De Grasse enjoyed a successful outdoor season debut in the men’s 200 metres at the East Coast Relays on Friday.

De Grasse of Markham, Ont., ran 20.11 seconds in the opening heat, finishing with the top time among all competitors across the 15 heats.

The 29-year-old competed in two indoor events in the 60 metres this year, but his first outdoor event of 2024 on Friday comes after an explosive finish to a trying 2023 season.

After placing sixth at worlds in the 200, De Grasse won his first career Diamond League trophy in September at 19.76 seconds. It was his fourth-fastest time ever and the second time he went sub-20 seconds in September, and since winning the 200 Olympic title in Tokyo in 2021.

De Grasse is also set to compete in the 100 metres on Saturday, an event in which he has yet to run a qualifying time for the upcoming Olympics. The qualification period started July 1, 2023 and ends June 30 with the Olympic standard being 10 seconds.

He will be competing against his teammates at Tumbleweed Track Club in Jacksonville, Fla., Olympic 100 champion Marcell Jacobs of Italy and American Trayvon Bromell on Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 26, 2024.

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