Aug 20, 2016
By Christine Ross
Markham’s Andre DeGrasse is in the record books. He becomes the first Canadian athlete to win three medals in one Olympics. It came after a third place finish in the men’s 4 by 100 metre relay but it didn’t come without controversy. The American team was disqualified for an illegal baton exchange allowing the Canadians to grab 3rd instead of 4th place. Andre De Grasse, Akeem Haynes, Brendon Rodney and Aaron Brown ran a national-best time of 37-point-6-4 seconds to take Olympic bronze, breaking the mark set by the gold-medal winning team anchored by Donovan Bailey at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Jamaica came first for the third straight Games. Japan was second.