Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., won bronze in the men’s 100m final in a personal best time of 9.91 seconds. De Grasse, the youngest man in the final at 21-years of age, is the first Canadian in a 100-metre final since Donovan Bailey did it in Atlanta (1996).
“It was a great race for me to be a part of with Usain, all the history. I’m going to soak it all in, but then look forward to my next race with these guys in the 200-metres. I saw him go at like 70-metres, I tried to go with him but he just has that extra gear. I felt like I was in contention for a silver medal, I leaned at the line, I was only 2-hundreths of a second out of second. I made a couple of mistakes in the beginning of the race that cost me that. This is my first Olympics, I’m really happy I got on the podium. I felt like I had a 9.8 in me today, just didn’t execute.”
The medal is Canada’s second of the Rio Games after Brianne Theisen-Eaton won bronze last night in the heptathlon. Brianne was presented with her medal just before Andre raced in the 100-metre final.
In men’s high jump qualifying Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., qualified for the final with a clean card through 2.29-metres. The men’s high jump final takes place Tuesday evening.
Lanni Marchant of London, Ont., was the top Canadian finisher in the women’s marathon placing 24th in a time of 2:33:08. Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., came through in 2:35:29. This marked the first time since 1996 that Canada fielded an athlete in the women’s marathon at the Olympic Games. It was also the first time in Canadian history that a woman completed the 10,000-metres and marathon double, Lanni having run the 10,000-metres final on Friday.
Tomorrow’s highlights include Geneviève Lalonde from Moncton, N.B., in the 3000-metres steeplechase final and Shawn Barber of Toronto, Ont., in the pole vault final.
Men’s 100-metre final
Andre De Grasse, Bronze, 9.91 Personal Best
Men’s 100-metre semi-finals
Andre De Grasse, 2nd in semi-final 2, 9.92 +0.2 PB
Men’s High Jump Qualification
Mike Mason, 2.26-metres, 10th in Group A Qualifying
Derek Drouin, 2.29-metres, 1st in Group B Qualifying
Women’s 1500-metre semi-finals
Nicole Sifuentes, 7th in semi-final 2, 4:08.55
“Obviously I’m sad, I came here to make the final, I knew that it would take my best day to make it, I was hoping I was going to be in a fast race, but I wasn’t and that’s ok. I knew I had to try and be top five, I thought maybe top seven would do it. On the backstretch a coupe people blew by me, and I wasn’t able to respond like I wanted to. On the homestretch I was in eighth and I knew that there was no hope if I wasn’t top seven. Right at the line one girl let up and I leaned past her, I thought maybe, maybe there might still be hope.”
Women’s 400-metre semi-finals
Carline Muir, 5th in semi-final 2, 51.11
Lanni Marchant, 24th, 2:33:08
“I’m happy with it, I tried to stay as conservative as I could off the front. Nothing really cramped, it was awesome, it was exactly what I wanted for my Olympic marathon experience, to run this effort in this heat. My family was right there on the corner, I usually don’t get emotional but when I came into the finish, and Rio and the rings are painted all over the ground, and the big banner, it was awesome. I hope that the next Olympic Games its harder to make this team because we have more girls running.”
Krista DuChene, 35th, 2:35:29
“My goal was that at halfway that’s when I needed to start hurting. I was with the Great-Britain girls for quite a while, I kept them in sight. At one point I was in the 50s and I ended up in the 30s (35th place). I kept looking ahead, picking people off. I’m just so blessed, coming back from my broken leg, my family is so supportive. I didn’t want to come in and just have a great experience, but a great race. This is the highlight of my career, but I’m not done yet.”