Canadian Olympic silver medalist Andre De Grasse of Scarborough, Ontario set the Canadian record in the men’s 200 metres in the semifinals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 on Tuesday. De Grasse posted a time of 19.73 seconds, which broke his own Canadian record of 19.80 seconds which was set when he won the silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
De Grasse is one of two Canadians in the men’s 200 metre final on Wednesday. The other is Aaron Brown of Toronto, Ontario, who had a time of 19.99 seconds in the semi-final. Brown won the bronze medal in the men’s 4×100 metre relay alongside de Grasse at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Brown missed the men’s 100 metre race at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 to focus on the men’s 200 metres. De Grasse won a bronze medal in the men’s 100 metres in Tokyo with a time of 9.89 seconds.
In other Canadian athletics news, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Angela Bailey of Toronto, Ontario passed away on Saturday at the age of 59 according to the Canadian Press. Bailey, who died of cancer, was part of the Canadian team that won the silver medal in the women’s 4×100 metre medley relay at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles alongside Marita Payne of Toronto, Ontario, Angella Taylor-Issajenko of Toronto, Ontario, and France Gareau of Verner, Ontario.