On a blustery day in Stockholm, Sweden, Andre De Grasse ran a scorching wind-aided 9.69 for 100m.

At the Stockholm Diamond League, a series of high-performance athletics competitions, the Canadian won his second 100m in four days. Because of the strong tailwind, at 4.8 m/s, the time does not qualify as a personal best or world-leading time. A 2.0 m/s tailwind is the legal limit.

The Markham, Ont.’s season best is 10.01. Sunday’s 9.69 is the fastest-ever by a Canadian counting wind-assisted marks.

“Coming into today, I just wanted to run sub-10,” De Grasse told the IAAF. “When saw that time, I was in shock.”

De Grasse, 22, defeated Ben Youssef Meïté and Ryan Shields as five of the eight men broke the 10-second barrier. The Canadian record for the 100m is co-held by Donovan Bailey and Bruny Surin at 9.84. De Grasse’s best in legal conditions is 9.91, which he set in Rio at his first Olympic Games, where he won three medals including a silver in the 200m.

In earlier action from Stockholm, Crystal Emmanuel ran the one of the fastest 200m times ever by a Canadian woman. The personal best performance, 22.69, is 0.07 seconds off the Canadian record, set back in 1983 by Marita Payne. She just missed out on the victory as Murielle Ahouré ran 22.68.

Melissa Bishop, the 2015 World Championships silver medallist, was also in action overseas finishing fourth in the women’s 800m, in another sub-2:00 performance. She ran 1:59.70.

All three Canadians, De Grasse, Emmanuel and Bishop, will compete at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Ottawa in early July.


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