Sprint phe­nom

De Grasse wins 100-me­tre fi­nal to cap solid day for Canada at Pan Am Games

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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-me­tre 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 9,300seat 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 to­day’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.

Canada fin­ished Wed­nes­day’s com­pe­ti­tion with 176 to­tal medals – 64 gold, 56 sil­ver and 53 bronze. The United States leads with 76 gold and 201 over­all medals. Brazil is third with 32 gold and 114 over­all.

Ear­lier, Whit­ney McClin­tock won the women’s wa­ter-skiing com­pe­ti­tion, Rusty Mali­noski of Hum­boldt, Sask., took the men’s wake­board­ing ti­tle and Hugo Houle fin­ished first in the men’s road cy­cling in­di­vid­ual time trial. Jar­ret Llewellyn of Innisfail, Alta., added a sil­ver in the men’s over­all.

Cal­gary fencer Alanna Goldie added a bronze medal in women’s foil and Marc-An­dre Berg­eron won bronze in the men’s over-80-kilo­gram taek­wondo event.

AP PHOTO

Canada’s An­dre De Grasse cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the menís 100-me­tre race at the Pan Am Games Wed­nes­day in Toronto.

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