Lane vi­o­la­tion costs Canada gold

De Grasse de­nied a third top medal when protest up­held

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - FOOTBALL -

TORONTO — The Cana­dian men’s 4x100-me­tre re­lay team was dis­qual­i­fied at the Pan Amer­i­can Games on Satur­day, deny­ing sprinter An­dre De Grasse a third gold medal.

Gavin Smel­lie, De Grasse, Bren­don Rod­ney and Aaron Brown ap­peared to have won the gold when they crossed the fin­ish line in a Pan Am Games record time of 38.06 sec­onds.

But a protest filed by the United States, Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil over Smel­lie step­ping on the line dur­ing the first leg of the race was up­held. It was the sec­ond protest filed af­ter the race. An ear­lier Amer­i­can protest say­ing Rod­ney stepped out of his lane was de­nied.

The U.S. moves from sil­ver to gold, with Brazil tak­ing sec­ond and Trinidad and Tobago mov­ing up to third.

De Grasse won the 100 and 200 me­tres ear­lier at the Games.

The con­tro­versy marred what was oth­er­wise a pos­i­tive day for Canada’s track and field team. Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., won the men’s high jump with a leap of 2.37 me­tres. Team­mate Mike Ma­son of Nanoose Bay, B.C., was sec­ond with a jump of 2.31 me­tres. Don­ald Thomas of the Ba­hamas won bronze at 2.28 me­tres.

Ni­cole Si­fuentes and Sasha Gol­lish cap­tured sil­ver and bronze in the women’s 1,500 me­tres.

Si­fuentes, a 29-year- old from Win­nipeg, ran 4:09.13 sec­onds.

The 33-year- old Gol­lish, from Toronto, crossed in 4:10.11, de­spite run­ning all but 150 me­tres with her shoe half off. Another run­ner had clipped the back of it near the start.

Muriel Co­neo of Colom­bia won the gold, out­kick­ing Si­fuentes down the home­stretch to fin­ish in (42.68).

The women’s 4x400 re­lay team of Bri­anne Theisen-Ea­ton, Tay­lor Sharpe, Sage Wat­son and Sarah Wells capped the night with a bronze.

FRANK GUNN / THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Canada’s An­dre De Grasse, Gavin Smel­lie and Bren­don Rod­ney (from left) celebrate pre­ma­turely af­ter think­ing they had won gold in the men’s 4x100m re­lay.

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