TORONTO, Sporting Alert – Sprint ace Andre De Grasse will start the second part of his Pan Am Games sprint double chase when he races in the heats of the men’s 200m on Thursday.
The new Canadian sprint star thrilled the home supporters on Wednesday night when he sped to victory in the final of the men’s 100m in 10.05 and the NCAA sprint double champion will now try to match that feat in the national colours.
De Grasse owns the Canadian record for the 200m, at 20.03, and he comes into these championships as the sixth-fastest man in 2015 behind American Justin Gatlin, who owns the four fastest time on the term.
The 20-year-old will race from lane five in heat four against American BeeJay Lee, who has a year and personal best of 20.11, as well as Bernardo Baloyes of Colombia and Cuba’s Roberto Skyers.
A very solid heat one will see American sprinter and former World Championships bronze medallist Wallace Spearmon going up against the likes of Miguel Francis of Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis’ Antoine Adams, the 100m bronze medallist from Wednesday night and Brazil’s Aldemir da Silva Junior.
Spearmon is slowly rounding back into form and the veteran will be one of the ones to watch in the race for the title.
Francis, who trains with the likes of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake at the Racers Track Club, has produced a 19.76 seconds performance already this season, though the time was ruled ineligible because the surroundings of the track didn’t meet the correct standards.
Also going in the 200m heats is Jamaica’s Commonwealth Games champion Rasheed Dwyer and he will race from heat 3.
Six finals are on the schedule for Thursday’s day three of track and field action, including the men’s and women’s 400m final on the track, as well as the Men’s Discus Throw in the field.