Aug 4, 2021 - Sports

Canada wins Olympic gold, U.S. takes silver, bronze in men's 200m

Andre de Grasse of Team Canada finishes ahead of Kenneth Bednarek of Team United States to win the gold medal in the Men's 200m Final
Andre De Grasse of Canada finishes ahead of U.S. sprinter Kenneth Bednarek to win the gold medal in the men's 200m final. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse won Olympic gold in the men's 200-meter final on Wednesday, followed by Americans Kenny Bednarek and Noah Lyles, who took the silver and bronze, respectively.

Why it matters: The men's 200m had been dominated by Jamaica the last few years with running legend Usain Bolt taking back-to-back-to-back golds. But with a retired Bolt out of the race, Canada and the U.S. looked to claim the top spot.

The big picture: De Grasse finished first with a time of 19.62 seconds. Bednarek finished in 19.68 seconds, and Lyles ran a 19.74-second race.

  • The U.S. had not claimed a medal in the race since the 2008 Beijing Games. It hasn't snatched gold since Shawn Crawford won in 2004.
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