Andre De Grasse wins Silver


Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., won silver in the 200-metres in a time of 20.02 behind Jamaica’s Usain Bolt. This is De Grasse’s second medal at these Olympic Games after winning bronze Sunday in the 100-metres.

Canada last one a medal at the Olympic Games in the 200-metres in 1928 (Amsterdam – Percy Williams). Overall this is Canada’s third all-time Olympic medal in the 200-metres. Andre De Grasse is the second Canadian to ever win medals in both the 100 and 200-metres at the same Olympic Games since Percy Williams did it in 1928 (Amsterdam).

Damian Warner of London, Ont., won bronze in the decathlon with a two-day total score of 8666 points, a season’s best performance. Damian used a big season’s best performance on his third and final throw in the javelin to help lock up the bronze.

“I’m tired right now, but I’m very happy I was able to pull it out. I had pretty strong goals and wanted to challenge for that gold, but there’s so many ups and downs within the decathlon, I’m proud of myself and the work that my coaches put in. It’s going to be awesome to stand on that podium tomorrow, and share this medal with them. I learn so much in every decathlon, I’m just going to keep working, challenge myself and get ready for 2020. It’s an honour to be part of this team. This is my second best score of all-time, I’m pretty happy about that.”

Damian is the second Canadian to medal in the decathlon at the Olympic Games. David Steen won bronze at the 1988 Seoul, Korea Games.

Today marked the first time since the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games that Canada won two individual medals in athletics competition on the same day.

Athletics Canada’s Rio medal count is now at five, with three days of competition to come. The last time Canada won five medals in one Olympic Games was at the boycotted Games of Los Angeles in 1984.

Nathan Brannen of Cambridge, Ont., advanced to the men’s 1500-metre final with a time of 3:40.20. Brannen is the first Canadian in a 1500m final since Kevin Sullivan finished 5th in Sydney 2000. This is Nathan’s third and final Olympic Games. The 1500-metres final is Saturday evening.

Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ont., advanced to the women’s 800-metre final finishing second in semi-final two in a time of 1:59.05. The 800-metres final is Saturday evening. Bishop won silver last summer at the World Championships in Beijing, China.    


The morning session saw a number of strong performances from Canadian athletes.

Damian Warner of London, Ont., led off the morning by earning 1029 points (13.58) in the decathlon 110-metre hurdles.

Alyx Treasure of Prince George, B.C., set a personal best in women’s high jump qualifying leaping over the auto-qualification mark of 1.94-metres on her third and final attempt.

Both sprint relay teams made it through to the final. The men and women set seasonal best times to earn the chance to race for the podium tomorrow evening. The women got through on time, 42.70. The men nabbed an auto-qualification spot placing third in their heat in 37.89.


Men’s 200-metre FINAL

Andre De Grasse, 20.02, Silver

Men’s 1500-metre semi-finals

Nathan Brannen, 7th in semi-final 1, 3:40.20

Clearly overcome with emotions as he’s talking through tears of joy “To come back after what happened in 2012 (he was tripped in the semi-final), and make the final. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. This is my last Olympics, to finally make the final is just amazing. I was in bad positioning the whole way but felt great, tried to swing wide but they just kind of wrapped around me, I just figured if I finished with them it would open it up. I knew I had the kick. I’ve been doing this my whole life, 15-years going strong. The ultimate goal was making the final, we’ll see what happens Saturday, anything is possible. I’m probably the only guy in the final who trains in the morning then is on daddy duty all-day with two kids. I don’t do this for the paycheck, it’s for the love of the sport.”
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, 9th in semi-final 2, 3:40.79

“Je voulais me tenir plus en arrière aujourd’hui et éviter tout le coude à coude qui ce passe en avant pendant les premier tours. Je voulais utiliser le momentum qui augmente pour pouvoir passer vers l’avant. C’est ce que j’ai, avec 300-mètre à faire j’ai donné un gros cout et remonter dans le premier tièr. La différence, je me suis commis, j’étais 5eme jusqu’à 100m, j’était dans game, je suis satisfait de mon effort aujourd’hui. J’ai la tête haute, j’ai gagné de l’expérience pour le future.”

Women’s 800-metre semi-finals

Melissa Bishop, 2nd in semi-final 2, 1:59.05

Women’s 4×100-metres relay heats

Team Canada, 4th in heat 1, 42.70 SB q
Farah Jacques to Crystal Emmanuel to Phylicia George to Khamica Bingham

Khamica Bingham “We’re so excited, my teammates did a wonderful job out there, Farah got a good start, Crystal held us in there, Phylicia brought it in nice and strong, I had to finish strong to catch the Chinese, we’re happy and ready for the final.”

Farah Jacques “C’est ma première experience, au début j’étais un peu nerveuse, mais maintenant je me sens tellement excité, je suis prête à demain, je vais être encore meilleure.”

Crystal Emmanuel “It’s amazing to come out here and make the final with these girls, we’re very confident, we sleep dreaming about these exchanges, we’re going to go out there and run a fast time in the final.”

Phylicia George, “I didn’t get much sleep last night after running in the 100-metre hurdles final, I’m excited to get proper rest ahead of tomorrow’s final.”

Men’s 4×100-metres relay heats

Akeem Haynes to Brendon Rodney to Aaron Brown to Mobolade Ajomale

Team Canada, 3rd in heat 1, 37.89 SB Q

Aaron Brown “We did a phenomenal job, we had to rest Andre for his 200m final (tonight), we had four guys who could step up and hold it down for the team, we ran a phenomenal time from lane two, it wasn’t even a perfect race, we have a chance to medal. There’s a special performance coming, look out for that.”

Men’s shot put qualifying

Tim Nedow, 20.00m, 16th overall

“Warm up didn’t feel that great, my first throw I just tightened up like crazy, that’s one of the disadvantages of being tall, if I tighten up it’s pretty much over. Second throw I was more relaxed, threw 20-metres which isn’t that bad, but it’s not great either. I wished that would have been my first throw, third throw again I tightened up at the last second, if not I feel like that would have been over 20.50-metres. At this level you can’t do that. Unfortunately, 20-metres wasn’t enough to make it through.”

Women’s high jump qualifying  

Alyx Treasure, 1.94m PB, 8th in Group B Q
1.80m: 0 / 1.85m: 0 / 1.89m: 0 / 1.92m: X0 / 1.94m: XX0

“I really wanted to get that bar (1.94m) and qualify automatically to the final. Had a couple of jumps that I was struggling a bit, but I got it under control. I got a little too excited, was trying to hard, just had to pull myself back, get back under control. I’m excited about an Olympic final!” 

Decathlon – Damian Warner

110-metre hurdles: 1st in heat 4, 13.58 1029 points
Discus: X/42.43m/44.93m – 765 points
Pole vault: 4.50m: O / 4.60m: XO / 4.70m: XXO / 4.80m: XXX – 819 points
Javelin: 58.01m/56.74m/63.19m SB – 786 points
1500-metres: 4:24.90 SB – 778 points
Two day Total Score: 8666 points SB Bronze