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Andre De Grasse earns his second medal at World Championships

Andre De Grasse secures second medal of championship, taking silver in the 200m final

Andre De Grasse

Andre De Grasse won his second medal of the World Championships, a silver in the 200m in 19.95. De Grasse looked very smooth in the semi-final and just as smooth in the final. The sprinter was second to one of the fastest men in history, American Noah Lyles, who won in 19.83. After two difficult years, there’s no doubt that De Grasse is back.

Canada was the only country with two representatives in the 200m final, and Aaron Brown and De Grasse were the only two men to make both the 100m and 200m final. De Grasse earned medals in both, securing bronze in the 100m final on Saturday. Up next for the two sprinters is the 4x100m relay on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. EDT. Brown finished sixth in Tuesday’s event in 20.10.

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American Donavan Brazier won his first-ever World Championship medal, set a new American 800m record and World Championship record in Tuesday’s 800m final. This is America’s first-ever 800m worlds gold medal. Brazier’s a member of the Nike Oregon Project and was coached by Alberto Salazar, who began serving his four year ban for doping violations yesterday. Brazier finished in 1:42.34, eclipsing Johnny Gray’s former US record of 1:42.60 set in 1985.

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The race started out quickly with Wesley Vazquez of Puerto Rico opening in the fastest-ever first lap of a World Championship 800m. Brazier made his move with 300m to go, coming up on the shoulder of the Peurto Rican and running away from the field. Brazier was well ahead of the competition, with second place over a full second behind.

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Second went to Amel Tuka of Bosnia in 1:43.47 and third to Ferguson Rotich of Kenya in 1:43.82, one of the fastest men in the world this year.

Canada’s Marco Arop, 21, in his first world final, went out very well, settling into third place for lap one but was passed in the final 250m and finished seventh in a time of 1:45.78. The young Canadian has had a great season, winning the Pan Am Games 800m in a huge personal best of 1:44.25.

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