De Grasse runs blistering - but wind-aided - 9.69 to win in Stockholm
Andre De Grasse, centre, of Canada, competes to win the mens 100m with a time of 9.69 ahead of Ben Youssef Meite, right, of Ivory Coast during the athletics IAAF Diamond League meeting at Stockholm Stadium Sunday, June 18, 2017. The time would have been both a Canadian record and a big personal best for De Grasse, but the wind reading was an illegal 4.8 metres per second‚ anything two metres and above is illegal. (Anders Wiklund/TT via AP)
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, June 18, 2017 12:37PM EDT
STOCKHOLM -- Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse captured another Diamond League victory Sunday.
The 22-year-old from Markham, Ont., pulled away from the field to win the 100 metres in a blistering 9.69 seconds.
The time would have been both a Canadian record and a big personal best for De Grasse, but the wind reading was an illegal 4.8 metres per second -- anything two metres and above is illegal.
The Canadian record is 9.84, held by both Donovan Bailey (1996 Olympics) and Bruny Surin ('99 world championships). De Grasse's fastest time was the 9.91 he ran en route to winning bronze at last summer's Rio Olympics.
The victory was the third straight for De Grasse, who won the 100 metres at the Oslo Diamond League meet earlier in the week. He won the 200 metres in Rome earlier in the month.
Ben Youssef Meite of the Ivory Coast ran 9.84 to finish second Sunday, while Ryan Shields of Jamaica was third in 9.89.