Track: De Grasse blazes to 200-metre victory with worlds around corner
Canada’s Andre De Grasse sprinted to another Diamond League victory, winning the 200 metres Sunday in his final individual race before next month’s world championships.
The 22-year-old from Markham crossed in 20.03 seconds, edging American Ameer Webb, who finished in 20.18. Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain was third in 20.22.
“It was a good race and a good performance. I was pushed in the bend but I wanted to finish strong today and to stay relaxed,” said De Grasse. “This is a race to tune for the world championships and it looked pretty well, even if I’m not used to the hot weather here. It is nice to come to Rabat and to hear people shout your name. I want to make new fans everywhere I come.”
De Grasse has won four consecutive Diamond League races, capturing the 200 in Rome, and the 100 in Oslo and Stockholm.
The world championships are Aug. 4-13.
Also, reigning world champion Shawn Barber of Toronto was fourth in pole vault, clearing 5.60 metres. Poland’s Pawel Wojciechowski won with a jump of 5.85.
Vancouver’s Liz Gleadle was fourth in women’s javelin with a toss of 60.43 metres. Barbora Spotakova of the Czech Republic threw 63.73 to win.
Brandon McBride of Windsor, Ont., ran 1:45.01 to finish fourth in the men’s 800 metres. Nijel Amos of Botswana won the gold with 1:43.91.
In other events, Britain’s C.J. Ujah won the men’s 100 metres for the third straight Diamond League meet with a season-best time of 9.98 seconds, with Ben Youssef Meite of Ivory Coast second in 10:01 and Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell Blake third in 10:18.
In the men’s high jump, Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko won with a leap of 2.27 metres.
Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic won the women’s 400 metres in 54.22 seconds.
A win on Sunday has Andre De Grasse feeling confident ahead of next month’s world championships.