De Grasse Wins Gold, McCullough Bronze At Pan Am Games In Toronto|
July 22, 2015
USC junior Andre De Grasse won the gold medal in the 100m dash and graduated senior Conor McCullough earned the bronze medal in the men's hammer throw at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada today (July 22).
De Grasse, a native of Markham, Canada just outside of Toronto, won the men's 100m dash title by running 10.05 (+1.1) in the finals to edge Ramon Gittens of Barbados, who clocked 10.07. USC's graduated senior BeeJay Lee also reached the finals representing the United States, taking sixth with a time of 10.17.
De Grasse reached the finals by winning his semifinal heat earlier in the day with a time of 9.97 (+2.2w) and running 10.06 (+1.9) to win his preliminary rounds heat on Tuesday. Lee posted a time of 10.15 (+2.2w) in the semifinals and 9.99 (+3.3w) to win his preliminary rounds heat.
The 2015 NCAA 100m and 200m champion De Grasse will begin the 200m preliminary rounds tomorrow, as will Lee.
McCullough, the 2015 NCAA hammer throw champion, took third place in the men's hammer throw for the U.S. with a best mark of 241-11 (73.74m), which came in his third attempt. He entered the finals in second, but the winner Kibwe Johnson of the U.S. took the lead 247-7 (75.46m) in his fifth attempt. McCullough also had clean throws of 229-5, 240-1, 224-11 and 238-0. The fourth-place finisher Wagner Domingos of Brazil actually tied McCullough's best mark with his fourth throw, but McCullough's second-best throw of 240-1 was better than Domingos' of 235-3.
Also, USC alumnus and two-time Olympic gold medalist Felix Sanchez (2004 & 2012) finished in 11th place in the men's 400m IH with a time of 51.07. He was representing his native Dominican Republic.