Canada’s Andre De Grasse anchors relay team to win at Harry Jerome Classic

Sprint stars Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown led Canada’s relay team to an easy win on Wednesday night at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic in Burnaby, B.C.

De Grasse anchored the men’s 4×100 team to a meet record of 38.42 seconds ahead of the Chinese squad. Gavin Smellie gave Canada an early lead before handing off to Brown and Mobolade Ajomale kept the momentum going into the final leg. 

On Tuesday, Brown won the 100 while triple-Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse finished third behind China’s Xu Zhouzheng. 

Both events were part of the Jerome meet’s China-Canada Sprint Challenge, which featured men’s and women’s teams of 10 athletes each competing in the 100 and 400 metres, plus the 4×100 and 4×400 relays. After the points were tallied up, Canada took home $30,000 in prize money.

Canadian men’s 4x100m relay squad sets meet record with a time of 38.42 seconds. 2:09

De Grasse was using the Jerome meet to try to return to form after a few disappointing results in the Diamond League. 

The 23-year-old from Markham, Ont., is coming back from a Grade 2 hamstring strain which forced him to miss last year’s world track and field championships. He also sat out of this year’s Commonwealth Games. 

In the women’s 4×100, the Chinese team posted a new meet record of 43.75 to upset the Canadians, who struggled with the exchange.

Chinese women’s 4x100m relay team sets a new meet record with a time of 43.75 seconds. 2:38

Lindsey Butterworth from North Vancouver, B.C., won the women’s 800, crossing the line in a time of 2:02.47. 

Canadian wins the women’s 800m event with a time of 2:02.47 3:13

Smellie continued to roll, narrowly beating out Jerome Blake in the men’s 200 in 20.72. 

Canada swept the podium in the women’s 400, with Aiyanna Stiverne clocking the winning time of 53.03. The Canadian men took the top-two spots in the 400, as Philip Osei edged Daniel Harper in 46.81. 

Aiyanna Stiverne wins the event, Madeline Price finishes 2nd and Alicia Brown places 3rd. 2:46

In other results, Canada’s Farah Jacques won the women’s 100 hurdles, while Jessica O’Connell claimed the 1,500. 

Canadian finishes 1st with a time of 13.72 seconds in women’s 100m hurdles event. 1:27
Canadian victorious at Harry Jerome Track Classic with a time of 4:10.66. 5:54
China’s Guifen Huang takes the women’s 200 metres event with a time of 23.76 seconds. 1:31