Track: De Grasse blazes to 200-me­tre vic­tory with worlds around cor­ner

Toronto Star - - SPORTS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

RABAT, MOROCCO—

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.

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