Protest Nets Lee Gold, Denies De Grasse 3rd Gold At Pan Am Games|
July 25, 2015
Graduated senior BeeJay Lee led Team USA to the gold medal in the men's 4x100m relay, after USC junior Andre De Grasse and alumnus Aaron Brown (2014) looked to have won the event for Canada with a meet record at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Canada today (July 25).
Canada won the race with what appeared to be a Pan Am Games record time of 38.06 as De Grasse opened up a lead running the second leg and Brown held off all challengers as anchor. After a first protest saying that Canada's Brendon Rodney stepped out of his lane was denied, a second protest saying that Gavin Smellie stepped on the line in the first leg was upheld, giving the gold medal to the USA team.
Lee ran the first leg for the U.S. team which finished with a time of 38.27. Lee earned a gold medal after reaching the finals in both the 100m and 200m races, but not reaching the podium. De Grasse was denied earning his third gold medal at the Pan Am Games, as he won both the 100m and 200m races.
USC alumnus Jesse Williams (2006) tied for fourth in the men's high jump with a best clearance of 7-5.75 (2.28m) and alumnus Carol Rodriguez (2008), running the leadoff leg for Puerto Rico in the women's 4x400m final, placed sixth.