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Canadian De Grasse wins with wind-aided 9.69 in Stockholm 100 metres

June 18, 2017 6:26 PM
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Markham's Andre De Grasse runs away with Diamond League victory in Stockholm.

STOCKHOLM—Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse roared to another Diamond League victory on Sunday. The 22-year-old from Markham, Ont., pulled away from the field to win the 100 metres in a blistering 9.69 seconds.

The time would have been a Canadian record, but the wind reading was 4.8 metres per second — well above the limit of two metres a second.

The Canadian record is 9.84, shared by Donovan Bailey (1996 Olympics) and Bruny Surin (1999 world championship). De Grasse’s fastest time was the 9.91 he ran en route to winning bronze at last summer’s Rio Olympics.

The victory was the third straight for De Grasse, who won the 100 metres at the Oslo Diamond League meet earlier in the week. He won the 200 metres in Rome earlier in the month.

Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ont., placed fourth in the women’s 800 metres. The world silver medallist crossed in 1:59.70. Francine Niyonsaba won in 1:59.11, while Sweden’s Lovisa Lindh was second in 1:59.41, and Selina Buchel of Switzerland took third (1:59.66).

Source: thestar.com

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