Athletics Canada: Andre De Grasse runs 9.95 to take 100m national title

This article was originally published on the Athletics Canada website.

After making a name for himself by winning the NCAA 100-metre and 200-metre titles a couple of weeks ago, the crowd in Edmonton wondered what Andre De Grasse might do in his first race back in Canada. With distant lightening as the backdrop De Grasse did not disappoint running a wind-legal 9.95 on his way to victory in the 100-metres on Day 2 of the Canadian Championships. 

The Markham, Ont., native did not have his best start, but his superior speed over the last 30 metres was more than enough to help him capture his first national title as a senior. Following De Grasse across the line were Aaron Brown of Toronto, Ont., 2nd (10.13) and Justyn Warner also of Markham, Ont., 3rd (10.16). Brown and Warner’s places and times should each earn them a spot at the IAAF World Championships later this fall.

In the women’s 100-metre final Khamica Bingham of Caledon, Ont., earned the title of the fastest women in Canada. Bingham crossed the line in 11.19, followed by Crystal Emmanuel of Pickering, Ont., (11.27) and Kim Hyacinthe of Lachenaie, Que., (11.31). All three achieved the IAAF World Championship standard.

World-class field event athletes Christabel Nettey of Surrey, B.C., and Elizabeth Gleadle of Vancouver, B.C., took wins in the women’s long jump and javelin respectively. 

Athletes winning their national title of the championships included Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., Shanna Boutilier of Ottawa, Ont., Jean-Philippe Maranda of Notre-Dame-des-Pins, Que., and Alexandre Dupont of Hemmingford, Que.

Day 2 Canadian Champions

Ezana Debalkew - Junior Men Discus, 48.54m

Caleb De Jong - Junior Men 3000m Steeplechase, 9:18.40

Shanna Boutilier - Women Ambulatory 800m, 2:44.20

Mitchell Chase - Men Ambulatory 800m, 2:14.44

Olivia Moriconi - Junior Women Discus, 45.01m

Quinn Erickson - Women Discus, 48.49m

Caleb Jones - Men Javelin, 74.45m

Ken Trudgeon - Men Ambulatory Shot Put, 14.56m

Mikeila Lefebvre-Oatis - Junior Women High Jump, 1.77m

Braedon Dolfo - Men Ambulatory Long Jump, 6.35m

Elizabeth Gleadle - Women Javelin, 59.38

Djami Diallo - Women Wheelchair T34/T51 800m, 2:41.08

Diane Roy - Women Wheelchair T53/T54 800m, 2:06.06

Austin Smeenk - Men Wheelchair T34/T51/T52 400m, 57.89

Jean-Philippe Maranda - Men Wheelchair T53 400m, 52.38

Alexandre Dupont - Men Wheelchair T54 400m, 48.19

Christabel Nettey - Women Long Jump, 6.76m

Steve Nkusi - Junior Men High Jump, 2.06m

Andrew Martin - Junior Men Shot Put, 17.11m

Leya Buchanan - Junior Women 100m, 11.57

Evan Ratzlaff - Junior Men 100m, 10.56

Erin Teschuk - Women 3000m Steeplechase, 9:54.18

Tim Nedow - Men Discus, 60.09m

Peter Snider - Men Ambulatory 100m, 11.39

Khamica Bingham - Women 100m, 11.19

Andre De Grasse - Men 100m, 9.95

Matthew Hughes - Men 3000m Steeplechase, 8:31.95

What to watch on Day 3

The third day of the Championships gets underway on the track at 8:30 a.m. local time with the 10,000m race walk. Canadian 20km Race Walk record holders Rachel Seaman of Peterborough, Ont., and Evan Dunfee of Richmond, B.C., will each represent Canadian at the upcoming Pan Am Games.

Highlighting the field events is the men’s high jump final at 7 p.m. MT. Olympic and World Championship bronze medallist Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., is the Canadian record holder. His Pan Am Games teammate Michael Mason of Nanoose Bay, B.C., is also a world-class jumper. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to watch Drouin and Mason defy gravity.

The women’s hammer throw at 7:15 p.m. features Sultana Frizell of Perth, Ont., who is the Canadian record holder and a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist. Frizzel has also competed at the last two Olympics. 

The women’s 100-metre hurdles is the final track final of the day (8:00 p.m. MT), followed by the men. This event has consistently featured a deep pool of high-quality Canadian athletes. Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., and Nikkita Holder of Pickering, Ont., will represent Canada at the Pan Am Games. Chanice Taylor of Ajax, Ont., Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboldt, Sask., and hometown favourite Angela Whyte of Edmonton, Alta., will all challenge for the win. George, Holder and Taylor all have the IAAF World Championship standard.

Two top Canadian wheelchair throwers compete today. Pamela Le Jean of Halifax, N.S., takes part in the seated javelin (10:45 a.m), while Becky Richter of Saskatoon, Sask., throws the seated discus (4:45 p.m.).

The men’s wheelchair 5000m (6:30 p.m.) should feature another great race between Alexandre Dupont and Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont. These two have battled to a couple of close finishes already this weekend, the 5000m should be another exciting event.

Top junior event finals include the women (2:20 p.m.) and men’s 1500-metres (2:30 p.m.); women (7:20 p.m.) and men’s 400-metres (7:25 p.m.); 110-metre hurdles (7:45 p.m.) & 100-metre hurdles (7:55 p.m.). Junior field event finals include the women’s and men’s triple jump; women and men’s javelin; women’s shot put and pole vault; and women’s hammer throw.