Toronto sprinter Aaron Brown was unable to post a second sub-20-second performance needed to upset top-ranked American Noah Lyles, placing fourth in the men's 200 metres of Thursday's Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League track and field final.
Brown, who hadn't raced in three weeks since capturing a silver medal at the NACAC championships in his hometown, finished in 20.14 seconds on a comfortable and calm night at Letzigrund Stadium.
American Noah Lyles took first spot at the Diamond League Championships on Thursday. 2:07
"It was okay," said Brown as he tried to regain his breath. "I would have liked to have been on the podium but it's been a really long year. I look forward to building off [the success] of this year and getting better."
The 26-year-old, who set a personal-best 19.98 at the Bislett Games in Oslo on June 7, earned $ 6,000 US for Thursday's run.
Lyles, who ran a world-leading 19.65 on July 20 in Monaco, clocked 19.67 and will take home the $ 50,000 top prize and Diamond Trophy for his efforts. The 21-year-old's time fell 1-100th of a second shy of retired world-record holder Usain Bolt's meet record from 2012.
Lyles also improved his record to 5-0 against Ramil Guliyev from Turkey, who finished second in 19.98. Jereem Richards, of Trinidad and Tobago, rounded out the podium in 20.04.
Brown, who finished third in the Diamond League standings behind Lyles and Guliyev, will complete his season Sept. 3-4 at the IAAF World Challenge in Zagreb, Croatia.
He began a busy campaign in late March with a victory at the Brisbane Grand Prix in Australia, three weeks before capturing a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. Brown added Canadian titles in the 100 and 200 along with 12 podium finishes across the two disciplines.