Canadian De Grasse sprints to win at Stockholm

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 19, 2017

Canadian Olympian Andre De Grasse ran 9.69 for the win at the Stockholm Diamond League meet on Sunday afternoon but the time was very wind aided. De Grasse's fastest legal time is the 9.91 he ran en route to winning bronze at last summer's Rio Olympics.

"Before I came here, I was told that it might be a bit cold, but when I warmed up, I realised that I could set a good time".

Steven Gardiner took 400m glory, Norway's Karsten Warholm won over the same distance in the hurdles and Soufiane El Bakkali comfortably claimed victory in the 3000m steeplechase.

Regardless of the wind, the run is a threatening reminder to world and Olympic champion Usain Bolt ahead of the world championships in London in August in what will be the Jamaican champion's farewell to the sport's major competitions.

Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba was first with a time of 1:59.11 and was followed by Lovisa Lindh of Sweden in 1:59.41 and Switzerland's Selina Buchel in 1:59.66. "I just wanted to run sub-10 and I didn't feel in the shape to run that fast".

The Canadian record is 9.84, held by both Donovan Bailey (1996 Olympics) and Bruny Surin ('99 world championships). "I'm just looking forward to running that fast legally". He won the 200 metres in Rome on June 8.

Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast finished in front of Emmanuel with a time of 22.68, while Rebekka Haase of Germany was third in 22.76. He felt the gusting wind, he said, as the runners lined up for the start. "That's the fastest I've ever run, it's going to be a shock to the body. I go back to Kenya now and prepare for the World Champs trials", said Cheruiyot, who had beaten Kiprop to third place at the National Championships the previous weekend.

De Grasse's next meet is the Harry Jerome International Track Classic on June 28 in Coquitlam, B.C.

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