Canadian sprinter Andre de Grasse qualified for the semi-finals of the 200-meter track and field event on Monday at the Tokyo Olympics.
De Grasse, the bronze medalist in the 100 meters in Japan, finished third in his race with a time of 20.56 seconds. Ontario got off to a great start, which allowed him to slow down at the end of the race.
The silver medalist at this distance in Rio in 2016 isn’t the only Maple Leaf representative to make it to the next stage.
In fact, his compatriot Aaron Brown got first class in his qualifying group. He completed the 200m in 20.38 seconds. He set the fastest time 11 per day. By comparison, de Grasse is 21st out of 24 athletes who got their ticket to the next stage.
Canadian Brendon Rodney is also the disqualified runner who set the best time, which is 20.60 seconds. The 29-year-old Torontonian finished his race sixth out of eight Olympians.
Kira Constantine takes the next step in the 400m سباق
In the women’s 400 metres, Canadian Kira Constantine qualified for the semi-finals.
The Torontonian finished fifth in the first wave, but her time of 51.69 seconds was enough to take her to the next stage. The 23-year-old athlete, who made his Olympic debut, finished the qualifying stage at the 21st level of the general classification.
Ontarian Natasha MacDonald was also in competition, but she stopped running. She ran the distance in 53.54 seconds and finished 36th in the standings. The Mississauga native finished seventh and final in her qualifying round.
Elizabeth Gledel’s disappointment
From the javelin throw, Canada’s Elizabeth Gledel finished 23rd overall, and thus missed out on qualifying for the rest of the event.
On her third and final attempt, the British Columbian reached 58.19 metres. This gave him a score of 11 in his qualifying wave.
Gledel was in his third Olympics. It was ranked 12th in London (2012) and 16th in Rio (2016).
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