Two-time Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Aaron Brown of Toronto, Ontario, and Marco Arop of Edmonton, Alberta, each won a bronze medal in Diamond League action on Saturday. Brown placed third in the men’s 200 metres, and Arop placed third in the men’s 800 metres at the Meeting De Paris.
Arop posted a time in the men’s 800 metres of 1:44.74. Wyclife Kinyamal of Kenya won the gold medal with a time of 1:43.94. Ferguson Cheruyiot Rotich of Kenya won the silver medal with a time of 1:44.45. Arop reached the podium by 0.14 seconds over Peter Bol of Australia, who was in fourth place with a time of 1:44.88. Arop was actually leading for a portion of the race, but was unable to hang on to beat the Kenyans.
Brown posted a time in the men’s 200 metres of 20.2 seconds. Fred Kerley of the United States won the gold medal with a time of 19.79 seconds. Kenneth Bednarek of the United States also had a time of 19.79 seconds in winning the silver medal. Brown meanwhile reached the podium by 0.02 seconds over Yancarlos Martinez of the Dominican Republic, who had a fourth-place time of 20.22 seconds.
Brown won the bronze medals in the men’s 4×100 metre relays at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021. The bronze medals in Paris will give Brown and Arop confidence as they prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.