With an excellent start, De Gross put himself in the top 3 before slowing down just before the finish line. Femi Ogunde (20.37) of Ontario Qatar and Ramil Guliev (20.54) of Turkey completed the distance on 20/56/100.
The silver medalist in this event at the 2016 Rio Olympics will be back on track later on Tuesday for the semi-finals. Everything starts at 7:50 am (EDT).
De Gross will be accompanied on the occasion by his teammate Aaron Brown. The Toronto sprinter started his third Olympics by easily winning his qualifying heat with a time of 20.38.
I feel good and I am proud to be going to the next round. I don’t want to waste too much energy because I will be racing another race tonight, Said Brown as he exited the track.
It’s definitely fast, so I’m ready. I want to give myself the best chance to make it to the finals and finish on the podium.
Brendan Rodney, the last Canadian to compete in the event, failed to earn a place among the 24 athletes in the semi-finals.
Etobicoke, Ont., Athlete finished 6th in 20.60.
Constantine did not reach the semi-finals
For their part, Keira Constantine and Natasha McDonald won the women’s 400m. The top 3 and next six best times in each wave secured their place in the semi-finals on Wednesday.
Departing first, Constantine quickly got off to a good start to finish in the top three. However, she did not have the strength at the time of exiting the last corner and finally finished 5th in the wave.
His 51.69, 21st time in the session, did not allow him to take the next step.
The experience was amazing, but I was not very happy with my run. I will have to consult my coaches to see what kind of adjustments we can make, but I will be strong again for the semi-finals.
Meanwhile, as Mississauga, McDonald’s of Camel, finished 53.54, finishing below his start.
She is ranked 36th in the cumulative qualifying rankings.
23rd Gledil in Javelin Throw
In the first track and field session of the day, Maple Leaf’s sole representative, British Columbian Elizabeth Gleadle reached 58.19 meters in her third and final javelin qualifying attempt.
The 32-year-old finished 11th in his group and missed out on his place in the final.
I didn’t really play well today. There are no other words to describe my performance. I fell at the first opportunity, and then had to slow down on my second attempt. Finally, I threw my last chance nicely, She explained that she was clearly disappointed at the end of the competition.
It was very frustrating, especially after doing a good warm-up. But unfortunately, these are things that happen.