The Canadian succeeds Jamaican legend Usain Bolt, with Kenneth Bednarek winning silver and Noah Lyles winning bronze
The Canadian came home in both a national and lifetime best, holding off three talented Team USA sprinters, with Kenneth Bednarek (19.68) taking silver and Noah Lyles (19.74), who ran a season’s best, in bronze.
While 17-year-old super talent Erriyon Knighton finished fourth (19.93).
So often playing the cameo role to Bolt over the years, De Grasse showed his maturity and put together a smart race, using patience to get to Bednarek on his outside and holding off a late charge from Lyles on the inside.
Lyles had arrived in Japan as the favourite for the race as the world champion from Doha 2019, though De Grasse showed his form both in the men’s 100m final, taking bronze and running a PB of 19.73 in the semi-finals.
Youngster Joseph Fahnbulleh, of Liberia, came fifth, ahead of Canada’s Aaron Brown in sixth.
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