Canada’s men’s 4×100 metre athletics relay team has returned to the Olympic podium after a 20-year absence, winning bronze on Friday in Rio de Janeiro.
Running a time of 37.64 seconds and completing the race in national record time behind Jamaica and Japan, the team of Akeem Haynes, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Andre De Grasse brought Canada back to the Olympic podium in relay for the first time since Atlanta 1996. Bolade Ajomale ran the semis for Canada to get the country to the final.
For De Grasse, it’s his third medal of the Games, adding to his individual 100m bronze and 200m silver. He becomes the first Canadian to triple medal in the three coveted sprint distances at the same Olympic Games, a feat achieved by only 10 other men.
Canada last won an Olympic relay medal – gold – at the Games in Atlanta when Robert Esmie, Glenroy Gilbert, Bruny Surin and Donovan Bailey led a Canadian triumph in 37.69 seconds against shocked Americans on their home track.
Initially it was thought that Canada had placed fourth behind the United States (37.62). However, while the American squad was doing its lap of honour, officials were reviewing the race and found USA to have caused an infraction. Trinidad and Tobago were also disqualified.
[CSIO Note: Andre received support from CSIO through the Ontario High Performance Sport Initiative in 2013.]
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