Andre De Grasse wins bronze in men’s 100 metres at 2019 IAAF World Championships

Andre de Grasse (Fernando Frazao, Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Olympic silver medalist Andre De Grasse of Scarborough, Ontario has won the bronze medal in the men’s 100 metres at the 2019 International Association of Athletics Federation World Championships in Doha, Qatar. On Saturday, De Grasse ran a personal best time of 9.9 seconds in finishing third.

De Grasse won Canada’s first medal of the 2019 IAAF World Championship. He reached the podium by 0.03 seconds over fourth place finisher Akani Simbine of South Africa, who had a fourth place time of 9.93 seconds. Christian Coleman of the United States won the gold medal with a time of 9.76 seconds and Justin Gatlin of the United States won the silver medal with a time of 9.89 seconds.

The gold medal for Coleman did not come without controversy however. The American sprinter missed two doping tests this past year and there were significant questions whether or not he should have competed for the American track team at the World Championships according to BBC. 

De Grasse has now won three career IAAF World Championship medals. At the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, De Grasse won the bronze medal in the men’s 100 metres and the men’s 4×100 metres. The two bronze medals for De Grasse came one year before winning the silver medal in the men’s 200 metres, bronze in the men’s 100 metres and bronze in the men’s 4×100 metre relay at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. 

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