De Grasse 4th for 2nd straight Diamond League 100m race leading into Olympics
Pre-Games favourite Trayvon Bromell posts 6th win in 7 races this season
Trayvon Bromell continues to demonstrate he'll be the man to beat in the 100 metres at the Tokyo Olympics.
The American sprinter won for the sixth time in seven races in the event this season, clocking 9.98 seconds on a cool Tuesday evening at the Müller British Grand Prix for his first Diamond League victory of 2021 before about 2,000 fans in Gateshead, England.
Bromell, 26, was fresh off a 10.01 performance at Diamond League Monaco on Friday and has a world-leading time of 9.77 this season.
Chijindu Ujah was second in Tuesday's race in 10.10, followed by fellow Brit and European champion Zharnel Hughes (10.13) in a photo finish over Canada's Andre De Grasse (10.13) and Fred Kerley (10.13) of the United States.
De Grasse placed fourth for the second consecutive race after running 10-flat in Monaco. He has now run over 10 seconds four times in seven races this season.
The 26-year-old from Markham, Ont., has yet to lower a 9.99 second best from his outdoor opener on April 17 in Gainesville, Fla., but De Grasse tends to shine on the biggest stage.
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Bromell has won two of three showdowns this season against De Grasse, whom he battled during his college days in the NCAA. In April, Bromell posted a convincing victory in 9.88 over runner-up De Grasse (10.05) at the North Florida Invitational in Jacksonville.
With Christian Coleman suspended and barred from the Olympics, Akani Simbine is also one to watch. The 27-year-old South African ran a season-best 9.84 last week in Budapest, Hungary after winning a Diamond League event on June 10 in Florence, Italy.
The first round of the Olympic 100 is scheduled for July 31 at National Stadium in Tokyo. The semifinals will be held the following day along with the final, slated for 9 a.m. ET.
12 races in 13-week stretch
Later Tuesday, De Grasse ran an impressive anchor leg in the 4x100 relay, leading Canada to a second-place finish in a season-best 38.29 seconds. Great Britain prevailed in a world-leading 38.27 while the Netherlands was third in 38.49.
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Tuesday was the 12th race overall in a 13-week stretch for De Grasse, who has run four times in the 200 and will race that event along with the 100 and 4x100 relay in Tokyo.
While many of Canada's 57-member track and field team have stopped competing ahead of its pre-Olympic training camp in Gifu, Japan, Khamica Bingham of Brampton, Ont., also competed Tuesday and had her best-ever finish in Diamond League action.
She placed second in the women's 100 in 11.23 seconds, 13-100ths of a second ahead of Toronto's Crystal Emmanuel, who was third in the non-Diamond League points race. Both women will race in Tokyo.
Switzerland's Ajla Del Ponte won in 11.19 while Ottawa's Jacqueline Madogo was sixth in the field of seven, stopping the clock in 11.74 at Gateshead International Stadium.
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Emmanuel, this year's Canadian champion for an eighth time, and Bingham placed 1-2 at a Continental Tour event on June 29 in Montreal, with Emmanuel matching her 11.11 personal best and running under the 11.15 Olympic standard on the final day of qualifying. She is expected to double in the 100 and 200 in Japan.
Emmanuel and Bingham were also part of the Canadian squad disqualified from the women's 4x100 relay on Tuesday.
Flanagan was chosen as an alternate for the Canadian squad in the 5,000 on July 2 after his 13:20.67 performance from a Boston meet in late May was ratified, putting him within the world rankings quota for selection.
The Reebok Boston Track Club member, who lives and trains in Charlottesville, Va., could race in Japan should any of Canada's Olympians in the event — Moh Ahmed, Justyn Knight and Luc Bruchet — be unable to race.
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