Cana­dian sprints to gold

De Grasse wins the 100-me­tre fi­nal, caps solid day for the host coun­try at the track

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - TORONTO

Cana­dian sprint phe­nom An­dre De Grasse capped another big day for Canada’s track and field team with a vic­tory in the men’s 100 me­tres Wed­nes­day at the Pan Amer­i­can Games.

The 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., crossed in 10.05 sec­onds, nar­rowly beat­ing Ra­mon Git­tens Bar­ba­dos, who fin­ished in 10.07.

“Some­how, I just man­aged to pull off the win,” De Grasse said. “I had no pres­sure, my fam­ily and friends told me that no mat­ter what hap­pens, they are still proud of me. It has been a long sea­son, and to do this, it is a won­der­ful feel­ing right now.”

Ear­lier in the night, Canada’s Melissa Bishop won gold in the women’s 800 me­tres. The 26year-old from Eganville, Ont., ran to vic­tory in one minute 59.62 sec­onds.

“I knew the crowd was go­ing to be loud no mat­ter what, so I was just try­ing to put my­self in a good po­si­tion to be able to run in and let the crowd do its work, and let the train­ing come through,” Bishop said. “I’m re­ally happy it worked out. It’s so nice to win a gold medal at home.”

Toronto’s Sarah Wells added a sil­ver in the women’s 400 hur­dles.

Canada has 13 medals in ath­let­ics through two full days of com­pe­ti­tion and leads all coun­tries with seven gold.

De Grasse, who is com­ing off a re­mark­able per­for­mance that saw him win both the 100 and 200 at the NCAA cham­pi­onships, stepped up to the blocks to a huge roar from the packed 9,300-seat sta­dium at York Univer­sity.

Also Wed­nes­day, Cana­dian de­cath­lete Damian Warner is on pace to break Michael Smith’s Cana­dian record that has stood for 19 years.

The 25-year-old from Lon­don, Ont., takes a per­sonal best score of 4460 into Thurs­day’s Day 1.

The world cham­pi­onship bronze medal­list opened with per­sonal bests of 10.28 sec­onds in the 100 me­tres and 7.68 me­tres in the long jump.

He threw 14.36 in the shot put, the event that de­railed his per­for­mance in May at the pres­ti­gious Hypo Meet­ing when he faulted on all three of his throws.

He then cleared 1.97 me­tres in the high jump — his best is 2.07 — and capped the night by win­ning the 400 me­tres in 47.66 sec­onds.

AP PHOTO Canada’s An­dre De Grasse hold a flag af­ter he won the gold medal in the men’s 100-me­tre fi­nal dur­ing the ath­let­ics com­pe­ti­tion at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on Wed­nes­day.

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