It’s been quite an Olympic Games thus far, hasn’t it? Following the likes of Penny Oleksiak and the Canadian women in general, Canada’s Andre De Grasse shattered the Canadian 200m sprint record this morning, capturing gold with a blistering time of 19.62 seconds. It’s the first time a Canadian has won gold in this event since Percy Williams did in 1928.
After sprinting his way to a bronze medal in the 100m earlier this week, De Grasse was fine-tuned for his first Olympic gold after winning his semi-final heat quite comfortably. The setting was prime for him to capture first place this morning, and boy, oh boy, did he ever deliver.
After a solid start out of the blocks, De Grasse turned up the heat after the corner to narrowly beat out Americans Kenny Bednarek with a time of 19.68 and Noah Lyles with a time of 19.74 for bronze.
It lived up to the hype!
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) August 4, 2021
Naturally, Canada’s biggest political figures and celebrities were elated…
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 4, 2021
— Donovan Bailey (@donovanbailey) August 4, 2021
Toronto mayor John Tory has announced the city’s landmarks will glow gold tonight…
Congratulations @De6rasse on your gold medal win!
The Toronto Sign will be lit in gold to celebrate your win.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) August 4, 2021
Some people were even adding throwbacks to the mix, this one highlighting De Grasse’s time playing basketball against Canadian NBA star Andrew Wiggins…
— Nick Iwanyshyn (@NickIwanyshyn) August 4, 2021
And of course, the photos of the win were spectacular…
— Nadine Yousif (@nadineyousif_) August 4, 2021
Some shots of Andre De Grasse after winning gold in the 200m final 🇨🇦🥇💪
📷: Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports pic.twitter.com/tzckNwvEqO
— Rob Williams (@RobTheHockeyGuy) August 4, 2021
As always, go Canada go!