Tokyo Olympics: Andre de Grasse claims 200m gold

Tokyo Olympics: Andre de Grasse claims 200m gold


Dates: 23 July-8 August Time in Tokyo: BST +8
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Canada’s Andre de Grasse won his first gold and fifth Olympic medal overall as he overhauled world champion Noah Lyles in the final 50m of the 200m final.

The 26-year-old, who took bronze in the 100m final on Sunday, won in 19.62 seconds, making him the eighth-fastest man in history.

Lyles led into the final quarter but slowed as De Grasse and second-placed Kenny Bednarek ran him down.

Seventeen-year-old Erriyon Knighton finished fourth in 19.93 seconds.

The American teenager broke Rio 2016 champion Usain Bolt’s world junior record for the event in May and may well be its future, but it was De Grasse, himself once the next big thing, who finally lived up to his billing as Bolt’s heir apparent.

De Grasse had set a personal best 19.73 seconds in Tuesday’s semi-finals…