Canada’s Andre DeGrasse placed a disappointing 8th in the men’s 100m final at Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday, in 10.25 seconds, just behind reigning world champion Justin Gatlin of the US, who finished a shocking 7th. (DeGrasse is running in lane 2 in the above video.)

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It was DeGrasse’s third competition of the outdoor season, after a hamstring injury forced him out of the indoor season and the recent Commonwealth Games.

On May 4, DeGrasse ran the 200m at Doha, the first Diamond League meet of the 2018 outdoor season, where he also finished eighth. On April 28 he raced the 100m at the Drake Relays in Iowa, where he was fourth. It was his first meet since his injury.

The rainy conditions in Shanghai were undoubtedly a factor in DeGrasse’s performance. However they were no problem for the UK’s Reece Prescod, 22, who was first in a dramatic photofinish, narrowly beating China’s Bingtian Su. Prescod ran a season’s best 10.04 seconds, only one hundredth of a second off his PB.  Su, who ran 10.05 (his PB is 10.04), thought he had won, but the tape showed otherwise, and he was forced to settle for second place. China’s Zhenye Xie was third.

Canada’s Sage Watson ran a season’s best 55.23 for third place in the women’s 400m, behind Jamica’s Janieve Russell in second and American champion Dalilah Muhammad in first. 

In the men’s 800m, Canada’s Brandon McBride was fifth, in 1:45.78, just ahead of Clayton Murphy, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist in the event. The race was won by Commonwealth Games champion Wycliffe Kinyamal of Kenya, in 1:43.91, a meet record. 

The next Diamond League meet is in Eugene, Oregon on May 26.

 

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