De Grasse Ties For Bronze At 2015 IAAF T&F World Championships|
Aug. 23, 2015
BEIJING, CHINA – USC rising senior Andre De Grasse broke his own school record en route to winning a bronze medal in the 100m dash during the second day of action at the 2015 IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Beijing, China today (Aug. 23). There was a great deal of anticipation for the race as a showdown of the last three Olympic 100m champions Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Justin Gatlin of the U.S. and the fans got what they wanted, but they also got a glimpse of the future.
De Grasse representing his native Canada, used a strong finish to tie for third place with a PR and school-record time of 9.92 (-0.5). De Grasse, who set the USC record earlier this summer, was in last place at the halfway point in the race before storming back to tie Trayvon Bromell of the U.S. De Grasse and Bromell are both 20 years old and battled during the collegiate season with De Grasse taking first and Bromell second in the 100m dash at the NCAA Championships. Bolt won the race with a time of 9.79 and Gatlin was second with a time of 9.80. De Grasse was the first Canadian to reach the World Championships 100m final since Bruny Surin in 1999.
De Grasse reached the finals by taking second in his semifinal heat with a time of 9.96 (9.956) to Bolt’s 9.96 (9.951). 2014 graduate Aaron Brown also reached the 100m semifinals running for Canada, but his 10.15 time was seventh in his heat and 17th overall.
In the morning session, 2013 graduate Bryshon Nellum ran a PR of 44.65 in the 400m race to place third in his heat and 12th overall to advance to the semifinals.
USC rising junior Amalie Iuel, running for Norway, had a time of 56.59 in her women’s 400m IH prelims heat to place sixth. Iuel ended up 26th, two spots (.12 seconds) outside of advancing to the semifinals in th event.