A month has passed since the historic 4x100m gold-medal-winning performance from the Canadian quartet of Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Jerome Blake at the 2022 World Championships in Eugene. Now you can relive the experience with an in-depth behind-the-scenes reaction video on Brown’s YouTube page.
Brown goes over the Canadian record-setting performance and describes the road the four athletes have taken to get to this moment.
“After winning a silver medal in Tokyo, we knew the job wasn’t finished and knew we had the potential to be on top of the podium in Eugene,” says Brown.
The 30-minute video features a full breakdown of the team’s journey in the 4x100m: from the warmup to the heats to the final.
The Canadian men finished second in the heats of the relay behind France, and knew their passes needed to be clean for an opportunity to put themselves in contention for gold in the final. Team USA were the favourites heading into the final, with the 100m and 200m world champions Noah Lyles and Christian Coleman on the team.
Brown talks about his experience and nerves while standing in the blocks before the start of the final. “I had to keep telling myself that I am one of the best starters in the world. I knew if I got out of the blocks quickly and made a smooth pass to Blake, we would put Rodney and De Grasse in good hands.”
In the past, Canada’s anchor, De Grasse, has had to chase down other teams over the final 100m to get Canada on the podium. In Eugene, De Grasse was given the baton with the lead and never looked back, earning Canada its first relay gold since 1997.