USA disqualified, Canada wins bronze in 4 x 100 m relay

Aug 20 2016, 1:22 am

Canada’s team of Akeem Haynes, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney, and Andre De Grasse have won bronze in the 4 x 100 m relay.

After a baton exchange violation by Team USA, who finished in third place, Canada got bumped up to win the bronze medal.

This is the first medal for Canada in this event since Donovan Bailey, Bruny Surin, Glenroy Gilbert, and Robert Esmie won gold in 1996. Gilbert is now the coach of the relay team. Canada ran third at London 2012, but were disqualified for stepping out of their lane.

This medal is the third medal for Andre De Grasse (bronze in 100 m, silver in 200 m). He becomes the first Canadian track athlete to win three medals in a single Olympic Games.

“It feels incredible. I’m so happy in my Olympic debut with three Olympic medals and you know one of them was with my teammates right here,” Andre De Grasse told CBC. “It’s a dream come true for us.”

Winning gold, for a third straight Olympics in the men’s relay, was Jamaica, led by Usain Bolt, with a time of 37.27 seconds. Japan won the silver with a time of 37.60, and Canada the bronze with 37.64.

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