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De Grasse anchors 4x100m relay team for the win, meet record at Harry Jerome

Relief for De Grasse after Tuesday's loss to Brown, and victory for Canada overall

Gavin Smellie and Andre De Grasse after the men’s 4x100m relay yesterday. Photos: Maxine Gravina

Andre De Grasse did his job well last night in Burnaby to bring home the win for Canada’s 4x100m relay team. Their 38.42-second performance set a new meet record for the event at Swangard Stadium, and resulted in victory for Canada in the final day of the Canada vs. China sprint competition.

Photo: Maxine Gravina

Gavin Smellie started things off with swiftly at the gun, handing the baton to Aaron Brown (who defeated De Grasse in the men’s 100m on Tuesday). Olympian Mobolade Ajomale kept up the momentum into leg three, and by the time De Grasse took the baton the Canadians had a lead of at least 25m. The Chinese team finished behind well behind, in 39.62.

Earlier in the evening, Canadians Philip Osei and Daniel Harper went one and two in the men’s 400m over China, and Aiyanna Stiverne, Madeline Price and Alicia Brown took the top three spots on the women’s side over the Chinese athletes.

In the open international women’s 1,500m race, Jessica O’Connell took the win in 4:10, an impressive result for a 5,000m specialist. On the men’s side, Thomas Riva was first in 3:40, a strong result going into nationals next month.


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