De Grasse Wins 200m Gold At Pan Am Games|
July 24, 2015
USC junior Andre De Grasse set the USC record and bettered his own Canadian record in winning the gold medal in the 200m dash at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada today (July 24).
De Grasse stormed from behind to win the 200m gold medal with a PR of 19.88 (+0.3) which broke the USC school record of 19.94 set by James Sanford in 1980. De Grasse's time also bettered his own Canadian record of 20.03 set on May 16. The 19.88 time run by De Grasse was the fastest wind-legal time by a college athlete since Walter Dix set the NCAA record of 19.69 in 2007 and ranks fifth on the all-time collegiate 200m list. Just graduated senior BeeJay Lee also reached the finals and placed eighth with a time of 20.74.
De Grasse advanced to the finals by running 20.17 (+2.2w) in the preliminary round and 20.12 (+1.0) in the semifinals, both run yesterday. Lee posted times of 20.34 (+2.2w) and 20.23 (+1.0) in his first two 200m races.
De Grasse, a native of Markham, Canada just outside of Toronto, won gold in the men's 100m dash with a time of 10.05 (+1.1) on Wednesday. Lee placed sixth in the 100m final with a time of 10.17. De Grasse was also a 100m-200m double winner at the 2015 NCAA Championships in June.
USC alumnus Aaron Brown (2014) ran the second leg in the semifinals for Canada's 4x100m relay team which advanced to tomorrow's finals with a time of 38.39. Alumnus Carol Rodriguez (2008) ran the first leg in the 4x400m relay semifinals for Puerto Rico which advanced to tomorrow's finals with a time of 3:32.04.