Canadian support comes pouring in for Olympic 200m champion Andre De Grasse

Aug 4 2021, 7:36 am

Andre De Grasse ran the fastest he’s ever run in the 200m final in the Tokyo Olympics, clocking 19.62 seconds to claim his first-ever gold medal.

Born in Scarborough, Ontario, the 26-year-old sprinter now has five Olympic medals through his first two Summer Games.

With a strong final 50 metres to take the gold, De Grasse topped the podium alongside American sprinters Kenny Bednarek, who won the silver medal, and Noah Lyles, who won bronze.

De Grasse also won the bronze in the 100m event earlier this week with a time of 9.89 seconds.

Support came pouring in for Canada’s latest medallist, including a tweet from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Even Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak, who has seven of her own Olympic medals as Canada’s all-time most decorated Olympian, showed love on Instagram to De Grasse.

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Penny Oleksiak/ Instagram

Oleksiak shared a photo with a simple caption: “YESSIR.”

Canadian tennis star Bianca Andreescu also gave DeGrasse a shoutout.

Bianca Andreescu/ Instagram

De Grasse will have a chance at a sixth Olympic medal later this week in the 4x100m relay event, where Canada is expected to be a medal favourite after winning bronze in Rio.

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