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Andre De Grasse shatters Canadian records on action-packed Pan Am Day 14

Andre De Grasse, of Canada, holds his gold medal after winning the men's 200m final during the athletics competition at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on Friday, July 24, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

TORONTO – Canadian sprint sensation Andre De Grasse laid down another stunning performance Friday.

The 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., shattered his own Canadian 200-metre record to win gold at the Pan American Games and broke the .

De Grasse crossed in 19.88 seconds, beating his previous mark of 20.03 to become the first Canadian in history to run both a sub-10, in the 100 metres, and sub-20 in the 200.

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“It’s amazing. It feels so unreal right now,” said De Grasse. “I can’t believe I did it. Somehow I just managed to pull it off. I’m really happy about this.”

Running blind out of Lane 8, amid a world-class field, De Grasse battled down the homestretch to outlean Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer and Panama’s Alonso Edward at the finish line.

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Dwyer and Edward crossed in 19.90 – Dwyer taking the silver and Edward the bronze.

De Grasse won the 100 metres on Wednesday night in 10.05.

IN PHOTOS: Images from competition on Day 14 of the Pan Am Games

Christabel Nettey, of Canada, competes in the women's long jump final during the athletics competition at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on Friday, July 24, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Members of Canada's women's field hockey team celebrate a goal in front of Sofia Walbaum, of Chile, during the bronze medal final at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on Friday, July 24, 2015. Canada defeated Chile to win the bronze medal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Geneviève Lalonde, of Canada, right, runs in the women's 3000m steeplechase final during the athletics competition at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on Friday, July 24, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Canada's Anthony Bennett dunks as United States' Damien Wilkins looks on during the men's semi-final basketball at the Pan Am Toronto 2015 games in Toronto on Friday July 24, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A woman watches the second round of the men's light welterweight gold medal boxing bout between Cuba's Yasnier Toledo and Canada's Arthur Biyarslanov at the Pan Am Games, Friday, July 24, 2015, in Oshawa, Ontario. AP Photo/Julio Cortez
Canada's Arthur Biyarslanov, left, is hugged by supporters after defeating Cuba's Yasnier Toledo in the men's light welterweight gold medal boxing bout at the Pan Am Games, Friday, July 24, 2015, in Oshawa, Ontario. AP Photo/Julio Cortez
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Canada's Kenny Lally reacts after receiving his bronze medal in the men's bantamweight tournament at the Pan Am Games, Friday, July 24, 2015, in Oshawa, Ontario. AP Photo/Julio Cortez
Canada's Jenn Yee is out at home plate as USA's catcher Janelle Lindvall blocks the plate and tags her out during fifth inning women's softball action at the Pan American Games in Toronto on Friday July 24, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill
Canada's Gabrielle Carle (14) leaps over Mexico's Valeria Miranda (5) during the second half of the 2015 Pan Am Games women's bronze medal soccer match in Hamilton, Ont. on Friday, July 24, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
Canada's Christabel Nettey celebrates after winning gold in the women's long jump final during the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Friday, July 24, 2015. AP Photo/Gregory Bull
Canada's Rudy Verhoeff, left, and Dustin Schneider react at the end a men's volleyball semifinal match against Argentina at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, Ontario, Friday, July 24, 2015. Argentina won the match. AP Photo/Felipe Dana
Andre De Grasse, of Canada, left, crosses the finish line to win the gold medal in the men's 200m final during the athletics competition at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on Friday, July 24, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

His performance led of another strong night at the Pan Am track. Nathan Brannen of Cambridge, Ont., won silver in the 1,500 metres, while Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec City won the bronze.

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Genevieve Lalonde of Moncton, N.B., raced to bronze in the women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase.

De Grasse, meanwhile, has burst onto the international scene this season with a series of eyepopping results. He broke the Canadian record in the 200 – 20.03 – before breaking his own mark on Friday.

He also became the first Canadian in 15 years to break the 10-second barrier in the 100.

He’s coming off an NCAA season that saw him sweep the 100 and 200 titles.

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Canada sits at 71 gold medals, 63 silver and 59 bronze, second best at the games with 193 medals total. The United States leads the medal standings with 89 golds, 72 silvers and 73 bronze.

Canada also won gold in boxing as Toronto’s Arthur Biyarslanov won the men’s light welterweight final with a split decision over Cuba’s Yasnier Toledo.

Ringside judges scored the bout 28-29, 29-28, 29-28 in Biyarslanov’s favour.

“It feels awesome. It was my goal to win gold for Canada, so I’m very happy,” said Biyarslanov.

“Canada hasn’t won a gold in men’s boxing for over 30 years, so I’m glad to have broken that and won a gold for Canada.”

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Also, Brienne Stairs of Kitchener, Ont., scored the winning goal as Canada beat Chile 1-0 in the women’s field hockey bronze-medal game.

 

Genevieve Lalonde of Moncton, N.B., also earned a bronze, finishing the women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase in nine minutes 53.03 seconds. American Ashley Higginson (9:48.12) won gold, while Shalaya Kipp took silver in 9:49.96.

Winnipeg’s Erin Teschuk was fourth in 10:02.33.

Montreal’s Patrice Boily-Martineau won bronze in men’s 75-kilogram karate.

In team sports, Canada will go for men’s basketball gold after defeating the United States 111-108 in an overtime thriller.

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The Canadians, who have never finished better than fourth at the Games, needed a rousing fourth-quarter comeback and overtime charge to dispose of the Americans.

Canada will play Brazil, which downed the Dominican Republic 68-62 in the earlier semifinal. Both finalists are 4-0.

Also, the United States defeated Canada 5-2 to advance to the championship game in women’s softball.

Despite the loss, the Canadians are guaranteed a medal and still have a chance to play for gold. They’ll play Puerto Rico in Saturday’s final with the winner to play the Americans in the grand final Sunday.

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The loser of Saturday’s game will win the bronze.

And the Canadian men’s volleyball team fell three sets to one to Argentina in a semifinal.

Argentina will play for gold Sunday against the winner of a later semifinal between Brazil and Puerto Rico. Canada will play the loser for bronze.

Saskatoon’s Gavin Schmitt led the host team with 25 points.

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