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De Grasse, Brown counting on friendly rivalry to push both to 200m podium

They may not speak on a daily or weekly basis, but Aaron Brown says he’s friends with fellow Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse. They grew up together in Toronto, share the same goals on the track and a year ago were preparing to battle for bragging rights in the same fantasy basketball league.

“There’s a little bit of trash talk with that,” Brown, the reigning national champion in the 100 and 200 metres, told CBC Sports back in the spring. “We’re not going to get into specifics because I didn’t do so well. Neither one of us made the playoffs.”

Brown and De Grasse, who already boasts a bronze medal at this year’s track and field world championships, hope their luck changes when they go head-to-head in Tuesday’s 200 final at 3:40 p.m. ET in Doha, Qatar.

Tuesday afternoon will mark the first time two Canadians share the track in a world 200 final after De Grasse and Brown made similar history in the 100 on the weekend.

“Oh, yeah, that’s great,” De Grasse told CBC Sports’ Scott Russell when asked if having Brown in the 200 final mattered to him. “Two Canadians in the 200-metre final … that feels pretty good. We’re going to bring our ‘A’ game and hopefully both of us will get on the [medal] podium.”

With a healthy lead in his semifinal heat, De Grasse slowed before crossing the line in 20.08 seconds on Monday to qualify fifth for the eight-man final at Khalifa International Stadium. Brown ran 20.20 in the first of three heats and had to wait before learning he qualified seventh.

The little moments when you line up against each other [in the 100 or 200 metres] you definitely want to take each other’s head off. We’re enemies for those 10 or 20 seconds.— Aaron Brown on going head-to-head with fellow Canadian Andre De Grasse

Brown said he and De Grasse, whom he recruited to attend the University of Southern California a few years back, want to do well for their country. De Grasse won three medals in his 2016 Olympic debut, including silver in the 200, while Brown won 4×100 relay bronze with De Grasse at those Summer Games in Rio.

WATCH | Andre De Grasse posts convincing win in semifinal heat:

Canada’s Andre De Grasse finishes 1st in his semifinal with a time of 20.08. 2:04
“It’s like being friends with your brother on the track,” Brown said of running against De Grasse. “You don’t want to beat anybody more than your brother. You want to have the bragging rights.

“We’re cool and good friends off the track but the little moments when you line up against each other [in the 100 or 200], you definitely want to take each other’s head off. We’re enemies for those 10 or 20 seconds.”

De Grasse running smart, says Bailey

De Grasse gained the upper hand in Saturday’s 100 final as Brown was eighth, giving the Markham, Ont., sprinter a 2-1 edge in the event this season. Entering Tuesday, De Grasse also holds a 2-1 advantage for 2019 in the 200, with a third-place finish to Brown’s fourth at the Sept. 6 Diamond League Final their most recent head-to-head meeting.

CBC Sports analyst Donovan Bailey said De Grasse is running smart and loves the confidence and swagger he has shown in Doha after being hampered by hamstring injuries in 2017 and 2018. The 24-year-old has raced a combined six times in a world championship or Olympic final and won six medals.

“There are certain athletes that peak at the highest level,” said Bailey, who won Olympic gold in the 100 in 1996. “I loved the highest level and competition and Andre seems to have taken a page out of my book here.”

Bailey added it will be interesting to watch the last 50 metres of Tuesday’s final to see if gold-medal favourite Noah Lyles of the United States “can hold on” and win gold because “Andre’s going to be coming.”

Bailey noted Brown appears tentative out of the starting blocks and off the corner in the 200 while noting the 27-year-old did relax in the final metres on Monday.

“He has to potentially jump out in front [of the field] coming out of the blocks [on Tuesday] and hopefully run a way better corner than [Monday and in Sunday’s heats],” said Bailey.

WATCH | Brown: ‘I just gotta dig deep and fight. Everybody’s tired’:

Canada’s Aaron Brown reflects on his performance in the 200m semifinals. 0:46

Lyles, the three-time reigning Diamond League champion and 2019 U.S. gold medallist in the 200, ran into a slight headwind to post a season world-leading 19.50 in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 5 and went 19.86 in Monday’s semifinal heats.

WATCH | Noah Lyles runs world-leading time of 19.50 seconds:

Noah Lyles is the 4th fastest man to run the 200 metres after running a time of 19.50 in the Diamond League event from Lausanne. 2:54

In February, the 22-year-old decided to focus solely on the 200 at world championships in hopes of shattering sprint legend Usain Bolt’s 19.19 world record in Doha.

“It’s his race to lose,” said Bailey of Lyles, who has lost only one race in the 200 since 2016.

Fellow American Christian Coleman pulled out of Sunday’s 200 preliminaries with body soreness after setting a 9.76 personal best in the 100. Coleman, who could return for the 4×100, is ranked 12th in the world in the 200.

Reigning 200 world champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey is a medal contender Tuesday along with Alex Quinonez of Ecuador, the only man besides Lyles to dip under 20 seconds in the semifinal heats at 19.95. The 30-year-old has four victories this season, including a Pan Am title, and 10 podium finishes in 13 races.

“Not a lot of people are talking about him,” Bailey said of Quinonez. “This is his first time in the big show as a medal contender. He’s been consistent all year and ran a pretty good semifinal with Lyles.”

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De Grasse, Brown to sprint for gold in 200 metres at track worlds

Andre De Grasse, who already boasts a bronze medal from the 100 metres at this year’s track and field world championships, will be vying for gold in the 200 on Tuesday. And he’ll be joined by reigning Canadian champion Aaron Brown.

The Markham, Ont., sprinter won his heat in 20.08 seconds at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

“I tried to run a hard 150 [metres to] see where I’m at, and if I’m in good position, just cruise [to the finish line] and get ready for [the final] because that’s where it all counts,” De Grasse told CBC Sports’ Scott Russell.

De Grasse, who won three medals at the 2016 Olympics before suffering hamstring injuries in each of the next two seasons, has been quite approachable in Doha.

“I’m trying to let people know I’m back. A lot of people were doubting me and counting me out,” the 24-year-old said with a smile. “Remember last year? Nobody wanted to do an interview with me after I got injured [and] now everybody wants to do interviews, so I feel pretty good about that.”

WATCH | Andre De Grasse posts convincing win in semifinal heat:

Canada’s Andre De Grasse finishes 1st in his semifinal with a time of 20.08. 2:04

CBC Sports analyst Donovan Bailey said De Grasse is running smart and it didn’t make any sense for him to try to break a record in a semifinal heat.

“There are certain athletes that peak at the highest level,” said Bailey, who won Olympic gold in the 100 in 1996. “I loved the highest level and competition and Andre seems to have taken a page out of my book here.

“His responsibility is to manage the races and the [heat, semifinal and final] rounds properly so that he’ll get a real good lane in the final and I’m certain he’ll air it out in the final.”

De Grasse is happy that Brown, his friend and sprint rival, will also be part of the eight-man field in Tuesday’s final at 3:40 p.m. ET.

WATCH | Brown: ‘I just gotta dig deep and fight. Everybody’s tired’:

Canada’s Aaron Brown reflects on his performance in the 200m semifinals. 0:46
“Two Canadians in the 200-metre final, I think that’s the first time ever, so that feels pretty good,” he said. “Tomorrow we’re going to bring our ‘A’ game and hopefully both of us will get on the [medal] podium.”

The 27-year-old Brown was third in the first of three heats in 20.20 and had to wait to see if he would advance.

“I didn’t execute the race the way I should have,” he said. “Coming off the curve I got sloppy and I know my coach [Dennis Mitchell] is going to give me an earful but I live to fight another day.”

Added Bailey: “I believe he can go sub-20 [seconds]. At the start of the season and the way he’s been running, I thought he would also be in medal contention [at worlds] so let’s hope he can put it together for the final.”

Fellow Canadian Brendon Rodney failed to qualify with his 20.34 clocking.

“I didn’t put [it] together [on the straightaway] but it was better than a ran in [Sunday’s heat] so I just have to take the improvements and build on it for next year,” he said.

Top-ranked Lyles pushed by Quinonez

Rodney, along with De Grasse and Brown, will be part of Canada’s 4×100 men’s relay team that will run a heat race on Friday.

“We think we can win; that’s our goal,” said Rodney, who was a member of the Canadian relay squad that placed sixth in the 2017 final.

World No. 1 Noah Lyles of the United States qualified first in 19.86 seconds and was followed closely in his heat by Alex Quinonez of Ecuador in 19.95.

Defending world champion Ramil Guliyev of Turkey also qualified in 20.16.

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake, the 2017 world bronze medallist, went 20.37 to finish 15th of 22 runners.

Moncton’s Lalonde 14th in 3,000 steeplechase final

Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton, N.B., was 14th in the women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase final, recording a time of nine minutes 32.92 seconds.

“The main goal of coming to worlds is to perform and unfortunately today my legs just didn’t have it,” she said. “I wasn’t jumping the barriers well, wasn’t smooth. I’m a little disappointed but I made it to world champs in the finals

Lalonde, who didn’t finish her race at the Diamond League Final on Aug. 29 in Zurich, was 13th in the 2017 world final in 9:29.99.

She opened her outdoor season on May 25 with a Canadian-record 9:29.82 in Shanghai but didn’t return to that range until Friday’s heat race when Lalonde clocked 9:30.01. 

WATCH | Lalonde: ‘Lots of work to do’ leading up to 2020 Olympics:

Canada’s Geneviève Lalonde recaps her 14th place finish. 2:06

Emmanual rebounds to qualify for women’s 200 semis

Buoyed by a strong start in her 200-metre heat, Crystal Emmanuel was 19th among 24 qualifiers for the women’s semifinals on Tuesday at the track and field world championships.

The Toronto resident crossed the line in 23.00 seconds after arriving in Doha, Qatar, fresh off a season-best 22.87 at the Diamond League Final in Zurich.

Emmanuel, who went 22.60 for a seventh-place finish in the 2017 world final, was fourth in a group of six to qualify outside of the top-three finishers in each of the six heats.

WATCH | Crystal Emmanuel clocks 23.00 seconds in her 200-metre heat:

Canada’s Crystal Emmanuel moves on to the semifinals with a time of 23.00. 2:56
Emmanuel’s 22.89 last month in Peru was good for fourth at the Pan Am Games. In July 2017, she clocked 22.50 at a meet in Ireland to break the Canadian record of 22.62 set by Marita Payne-Wiggins — the mother of Canadian NBA player Andrew Wiggins — in 1983.

Tuesday’s semifinal is scheduled for 2:35 p.m. ET at Khalifa International Stadium.

Emmanuel, 27, failed to qualify for the women’s 100 final on Sunday, posting a time of 11.29, just shy of her 11.16 SB.

“I have to stay focused and take one race at a time,” she told Scott Russell of CBC Sports.

Reigning world champ Schippers out with injury

Netherlands sprinter Dafne Schippers won’t defend her 200 title because of an injury.

Schippers, 27, strained an adductor muscle in the semifinal of the 100 on Sunday and didn’t race in the final. It wasn’t any better after warming up Monday and she didn’t start her first-round heat of the 200.

An adductor muscle strain is an acute injury to the groin muscles on the inside of the thigh.

Schippers, who is questionalbe for the 4×100 relay, won the event at worlds in 2015 and 2017 and earned an Olympic silver medal in between in Rio.

Elsewhere, Blessing Okagbare was disqualified from the 200 for a second time.

Because of a mix-up by her nation’s track federation, the Nigerian sprinter was initially disqualified after she didn’t show up for the 100 that she never intended to run. Only after an appeal and a long wait did Blessing find out she was back in.

But when she got to the race she was disqualified for stepping outside of her lane.

Gleadle to miss women’s javelin final

Vancouver’s Liz Gleadle improved with each of her three throws in the women’s javelin qualification round Monday but will not compete for a medal for the first time in three appearances at world championships.

The 30-year-old’s final throw of 60.17 metres placed her 16th in the field of 31 and narrowly behind Irena Sedivá (60.90) of the Czech Republic, who secured the 12th and final position for Tuesday’s final at 2:20 p.m. ET.

WATCH | Veteran athlete Liz Gleadle on a young Canadian team:

Canada’s Elizabeth Gleadle reflects on her performance in javelin. 1:23

“I’m really disappointed about this,” said Gleadle, who won Pan Am gold in 2015 and silver this year. “Unfortunately, I got a little short-changed in the warmup and wasn’t able to get as many throws as I wanted.

“I had taken a couple of days off on purpose in order to rest up and be ready and I didn’t get quite as activated as I would have liked. My last throw technically was awesome, but I don’t think my nervous system was quite turned on enough yet.”

Gleadle entered worlds having topped 63 metres in three of her four previous events, including a season-best 63.77 at the Zagreb World Challenge in Croatia on Sept. 3. She threw 63.40 in Montreal for a Canadian title in late July and 63.30 on Aug. 9 for a silver medal at the Pan Am Games in Peru.

Gleadle finished 11th in the 2015 world final at Beijing and 12th two years later in London.

Canada’s Stiverne, Price knocked out in 400 heats

Canadian runner Aiyanna-Brigitte Stiverne will not race the women’s 400 semifinals despite posting a faster time than two of the 24 qualifiers.

The native of Laval, Que., clocked 52.03 seconds in Monday’s heat, ahead of Sada Williams (52.14) of Barbados and Lada Vondrova (52.23) of the Czech Republic. But the top three from each heat advance and Williams and Vondrova went 2-3 in the same heat while Stiverne was fifth in her heat.

The 24-year-old University of Miami graduate, who now lives in the city, placed 27th overall of 47 finishers after placing 32nd at the 2017 worlds.

Fellow Canadian Madeline Price, also 24, crossed the line in 52.24 on Monday and finished 33rd.

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Canadian sprinters Brown, De Grasse, Rodney advance to 200m semis in Doha

All three Canadian men in the 200 metres at the track and field world championships are through to the semifinals.

Reigning Canadian champion Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse, who earned a bronze medal in Saturday’s 100, won their heats while Brendon Rodney was third. The top three in each of the seven heats and next three fastest qualified for Monday’s semifinals at 1:50 p.m. ET in Doha, Qatar.

Brown, 27, stopped the clock in 20.11 seconds after running a season-best 19.95 on July 5 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

“I worked a little harder than I wanted to,” the Toronto native, who finished eighth in the 100, told Scott Russell of CBC Sports. “I ran [Saturday] night twice and it took a lot out of my body so I was trying to run as relaxed as possible, but I definitely wanted to win the heat.

WATCH | Aaron Brown pushed in heats to qualify for 200m semifinals:

Canada’s Aaron Brown moves on to 200m semifinals with a time of 20.11.  2:53

“It’s a grind. Everyone who’s doubling [up in events] knows how it is. It’s definitely a marathon … but I’m up for the challenge.”

De Grasse returned to the track at Khalifa International Stadium after clocking 9.90 in the 100, a personal best that beat the Markham, Ont., sprinter’s 9.91 from the final at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The 24-year-old’s fastest time in 2019 is 19.87.

WATCH | Andre De Grasse breezes to heat win:

Canada’s Andre De Grasse advances to 200m semifinals with a time of 20.20. 2:55

“Coach [Rana Reider] told me to blast out of that first 50, 60 [metres], come off the turn and see where you’re at and if you’re in good position, shut it down and get ready for [Monday] because we barely got any rest last night [after a late 100 final].”

Rodney, 27, crossed the line in 20.38 behind Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago (20.23) and top-ranked Noah Lyles (20.26) of the United States in the seventh heat.

“I’m happy with that time and ready for [the semifinals],” said Rodney, who noted he’s in shape to repeat his 19.96 PB at the Rio Olympic trials in 2016. “I just have to get in the lane and execute. Anything can happen from there.”

WATCH | Brendon Rodney qualifies 3rd in his heat for semifinals:

Canada’s Brendon Rodney moves on 200m semifinals with a time of 20.38. 2:37

Coleman a late scratch for 200m

Meanwhile, a day after winning gold in the 100, Christian Coleman’s name was removed from the start list for the 200 heats on Sunday.

“Just feeling a little sore,” Coleman said, while adding he would be available for the 4×100 relays, which begin Friday.

With Coleman out of the mix, the path gets clearer for Lyles, who has the world’s leading time this year at 19.50 seconds. De Grasse is expected to be in the mix, as will Divine Oduduru of Nigeria, the NCAA champion at both 100 and 200.

Coleman won the 100 in a runaway, clocking a 9.76 PB and beating Justin Gatlin to the line by .13 seconds, the largest margin of victory at worlds or the Olympics since 2011.

Men’s 800 final: McBride out, Arop in

A series of podium finishes has ended for middle-distance runner Brandon McBride while Canadian teammate Marco Arop’s medal hopes remain.

The 25-year-old McBride faded in the final metres of the men’s 800 semifinals on Sunday and crossed the line in one minute 46.21 seconds. Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir ran 1:45.19 to secure the eighth and final spot for Tuesday’s final at 3:10 p.m. ET.

WATCH | McBride: ‘I just didn’t have as much as the other guys’:

Canada’s Brandon McBride reflects on not advancing to the 800m final. 1:09

“I found myself out of position the entire race,” said McBride. “I was running on the outside of Lane 1 … and you can’t do that against the best guys in the world.”

At 2017 worlds in London, McBride led midway through the final, faded and finished eighth in 1:47.09.

In Saturday’s heats, the Canadian-record holder shook off a potential disaster while jockeying for position with Ryan Sanchez of Puerto Rico and Peter Bol of Australia before winning his heat in 1:45.96.


The Windsor, Ont., native arrived in Doha fresh off a 1:43.51 PB and third-place finish at the Diamond League Final in Zurich. McBride won his third Canadian title in four years on July 27 and a month later topped the Diamond League field at the Meeting de Paris.

Arop, 21, finished second to American Donavan Brazier (1:44.87) in his heat for the second straight day, with the Edmonton runner clocking 1:45.07. He went 1:46.12 on Saturday and will make his debut in a world final.

WATCH | Marco Arop clinches berth in 800-metre final:

Edmonton’s Marco Arop claims second place in heat two of the men’s 800m semifinal in Doha, Qatar. 5:12

Crystal Emmanuel bows out in 100 semifinals

Crystal Emmanuel’s attention is squarely on the women’s 200 metres, her signature race, after failing to qualify for Sunday’s 100 final.

The Toronto runner stopped the clocked in 11.29 seconds, only 1-100th of a second faster than she was Saturday when the 27-year-old Emmanuel squeezed her way into the semis.

WATCH | Crystal Emmanuel runs 11.29 seconds in 100m semis:

Canadian Crystal Emmanuel’s time of 11.29 wasn’t fast enough to move on to 100m final. 4:21

“I’m proud of myself and gave it my all,” she told Scott Russell of CBC Sports.

She has run the 200 five times in 2019 with a season best of 22.87 seconds at the recent Diamond League Final in Zurich, where she placed seventh.

A two-time Olympian, Emmanuel was seventh in the 200 (22.60) at worlds two years ago and 11th in the 100.

Fraser-Pryce a 4-time world champion

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica has won her fourth world championship gold medal in the 100.

After revealing a new rainbow-dyed hairstyle, she clocked 10.71 in front of a sparse crowd in the Qatari capital.

WATCH | Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s historic performance:

Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce becomes the 1st person to win 4 gold medals at track and field worlds. 7:04

Dina Asher-Smith of Britain took silver at 10.83 ahead of Marie-Josee Ta Lou of the Ivory Coast at 10.90.

Defending champion Tori Bowie of the United States withdrew before the semifinals. No reason was given, but injuries have hampered her form over the last year.

Nigerian sprinters win appeal

When Nigerian sprinter Divine Oduduru finally did fall asleep in the wee hours of Sunday morning in Doha, he still had no idea whether he’d be running at the world championships or kicked out of the meet.

Because of a mix-up by their nation’s track federation, Oduduru and teammate Blessing Okagbare were each disqualified after they didn’t show up for the 100-metre races that they never intended to run. Only after an appeal and a long wait did they find out they were back in.

Oduduru ended up qualifying for Monday’s 200 semifinals at 1:50 p.m. ET. Okagbare will also run Monday in the women’s 200 heats at 10:05 a.m.

“It’s tough, but for you to be a great athlete, you have to have a great attitude,” Oduduru said.

The problems stemmed from a rule that states that if athletes don’t show up for races, they’re disqualified from the rest of the meet.

Oduduru and Okagbare had told their federation they weren’t running in the 100, but the federation put their names on the entry form anyway. They had to appeal the decision, and not until 2 p.m. Sunday — about five hours before race time — did Oduduru actually know he was in.

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