— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) August 20, 2016
Canadians who tuned in to the men’s 4x100m relay final at the Rio Olympics on Friday were in for a wild ride.
The record-setting squad of Akeem Haynes, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Andre De Grasse ran a national record of 37.64 to break the previous mark set in 1996. Canada initially finished fourth in the relay on Friday night but the United States, who crossed the line third, was disqualified. Japan was second behind Jamaica.
Canada was then upgraded to a bronze medal in a crowd-pleasing way as the nation was disqualified in 2012 after initially winning bronze for a lane violation. Canada was on the receiving end of good fortune this time around.
The anchor runner, De Grasse, won his third medal of the 2016 Games, the first time a Canadian has won three medals in the sprint events at a single Games. He won bronze in the men’s 100m and silver in the 200m. Both of those races, in addition to the 4x100m, were won by Usain Bolt. The Jamaican anchored his team to gold on Friday in the relay.
— CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 20, 2016
Canadians reacted on Twitter showing their support for the team that brought home the sixth medal in the athletics discipline. Canada won just a single bronze at the 2012 Games. It’s even been suggested that De Grasse be the flag bearer for the closing ceremony though he will be in tough with five-medal winner Penny Oleksiak.
De Grasse took the Canadian relay team from sixth place to fourth on the anchor leg.
— steve buffery (@Beezersun) August 20, 2016
Canadians and the world react to Canada’s 4x100m bronze
What a day
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) August 20, 2016
— Kirstine Stewart (@kirstinestewart) August 20, 2016
The moment you find out you won the bronze medal
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) August 20, 2016
Andre De Grasse is the first Canadian to triple medal in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at a single Games.
— Team Canada PR (@TeamCanadaPR) August 20, 2016
I'm from Canada now https://t.co/jdXzPrOven
— Tony X. (@soIoucity) August 20, 2016
— Darrell (@SpiderDarrell) August 20, 2016
— Joel Lefevre (@JoelBBCAN) August 20, 2016
— Jordon (@sportsfanjord) August 20, 2016
— Emmett Blois (@EmmettBlois) August 20, 2016
A shoutout from the National Hockey League franchise Calgary Flames
— Calgary Flames (@NHLFlames) August 20, 2016
LOVE IT! We're here to take over and conquer. https://t.co/9viKhvaZ8Q
— Tremaine Harris (@sprinterharris) August 20, 2016
Canadian Bruny Surin had a feeling pre-race that the 1996 national record would go down
— Bruny Surin (@BrunySurin) August 20, 2016