De Grasse earns 200 sil­ver

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DOHA, QATAR — Canada’s An­dre De Grasse has won a sil­ver medal in the men’s 200 me­tres at the world track and field cham­pi­onships.

The 24-year-old from Markham, Ont., made a late charge to fin­ish se­cond in 19.95 sec­onds on Tues­day.

Amer­i­can Noah Lyles was first in 19.83 sec­onds and Ecuador’s Alex Quinonez was third in 19.98.

Toronto’s Aaron Brown fin­ished sixth in 20.10. Brown was also a 100-me­tre fi­nal­ist.

It marks the se­cond medal for De

Grasse at the 2019 worlds.

De Grasse won bronze in the 100 me­tres on Satur­day, shar­ing the podium with Amer­i­cans Chris­tian Cole­man and Justin Gatlin.

It also was Canada’s first world cham­pi­onship medal in the men’s 200 me­tres since Atlee Ma­horn was third in 1991.

Canada now has four medals (three bronze, one sil­ver) at the world cham­pi­onships af­ter win­ning none at the last worlds in Lon­don in 2017.

It was the fourth ca­reer world cham­pi­onship medal for De Grasse, who has re­joined the world’s sprint­ing elite af­ter a frus­trat­ing stretch of two lost sea­sons to ham­string in­juries.

De Grasse’s trou­bles be­gan at the 2017 world cham­pi­onships in Lon­don, where his hurt ham­string forced him to with­draw from the 100- and 200-me­tre events. De Grasse was con­sid­ered a medal con­tender in both events — per­haps even a threat to beat Ja­maican le­gend Usain Bolt — af­ter a highly suc­cess­ful three-medal per­for­mance at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Ear­lier Tues­day, Marco Arop of Ed­mon­ton fin­ished sev­enth in the men’s 800 me­tres.

Two Cana­di­ans qual­i­fied for fi­nals. Matthew Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., has se­cured a spot in the men’s 3,000-me­tre steeple­chase fi­nal, while Michael Ma­son of Nanoose Bay, B.C., will go for a medal in the men’s high jump.

Ma­son cleared the qual­i­fy­ing height of 2.29 me­tres, while Hughes pasted the fourth fastest time in heats (a sea­sonbest eight min­utes 13.12 sec­onds) to ad­vance to the steeple­chase fi­nal.

Sage Wat­son of Medicine Hat, Alta., qual­i­fied for the women’s 400-me­tre hur­dles semi­fi­nals by fin­ish­ing se­cond in her heat with a time of 55.57 sec­onds.

In the men’s 400 me­tres, Toronto’s Philip Osei moved to the semis by fin­ish­ing se­cond in his heat with a time of 45.87 sec­onds.

Toronto’s Crys­tal Em­manuel just missed qual­i­fy­ing for the women’s 200me­tre fi­nal. Her semi­fi­nal time of a sea­son-best 22.65 sec­onds was third in her heat and ninth over­all.

The top eight made the fi­nal.

PETR DAVID JOSEK THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

An­dre De Grasse ended Canada’s 28-year world cham­pi­onships medal drought in the men’s 200 me­tres in Doha, Qatar, on Tues­day.

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