André de Grasse won the bronze medal in the men’s 100m Olympics
Canadian Andre De Grasse won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics with the fastest 100m time ever.
“For me, this is an amazing moment. I never thought we would be in Tokyo last year,” De Grasse said after the game. “It’s great to be back on the podium.”
De Grasse finished the game in 9.89 seconds, while Italy’s Lamont Marcel Jacobs won the gold medal in 9.80 seconds. The silver went to Fred Kerley in the United States.
De Grasse from Markham, Ontario, is Canada’s first male athlete to win an Olympic medal at the Olympics.
Starting from the 9th lane, at about 60 meters, De Grasse seemed to have withdrawn from the race, then bravely rushed to the road section, and then ran out of space.
“I knew it would be a tough game after I hit the 9th track. I didn’t play a wonderful semi-final, I knew I had to try and execute as much as possible,” he said. “I ran my best, and I really appreciate it.”
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Donovan Bailey, who won the gold medal for Canada at the 1996 Olympics, said that De Grasse has done everything he can.
“The race he ran from Lane 9 was probably the best race he could run,” said Bailey, who is now an analyst at CBC Sports. “Last 30 meters allowed [De Grasse] Continue his podium. “
On a heavy and sticky Tokyo night, under the bright lights surrounding the Olympic Stadium, this is the perfect night for large-scale Olympic events.
The temperature hovered around 30 degrees Celsius during the game, and only a breeze circulated around the empty bowl of the sponge stadium.
When the eight fastest runners on the planet approach the block—even if the stadium is empty—you can feel the weight of this moment.
De Grasse, who is 5 feet 8 inches tall, wore his signature red and gray suit and wrap-around sunglasses, and walked coldly towards the block.
The stadium lights dimmed, and the most watched section of the track in the world was bathed in the spotlight.
‘A lot of nerves’
Hundreds of millions of people all over the world are watching the game, and ominous music rang in the stadium’s PA system, exacerbating the tension.
Then there was a false start.
“All of us are very nervous,” De Grasse said. “Anyone of us can win that game tonight. We all tried our best and I am very grateful.”
In the Olympic 100-meter race, the moment after the gun is fired is usually the loudest roar of the Olympics.
But when the runners rushed out of the block, there was almost silence, only thousands of clicks from the camera.
Coming to Tokyo, the coveted title of “the fastest man in the world” is there.
In Rio, the world of sprinting was constrained by the retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, whose 9.58 is still the world record.
But now this is anyone’s game.
De Grasse did not give up on the top of the podium, he said he can still go faster.
“I think I am getting better every year. I still have time for me, I just need to keep going.”