De Grasse, Simpson claim Pan Am sprint gold

first_img“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete at home in front of relatives and friends,” De Grasse, who will also compete in the 200 meters and 4x100m relay, told reporters.“I feel like I’ve got my first senior national medal, and at home, so that’s a great feeling.”Ramon Gittens of the Barbados finished second with a season-best 10.07 while Antoine Adams of St. Kitts and Nevis was third in 10.09, also his fastest of the season.De Grasse emerged this year as Canada’s biggest sprinting sensation since Donovan Bailey, who won the 100m gold at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics with a then-world record time of 9.84.He has covered 100 meters in under 10 seconds three times this year and is putting Canadian sprinting back on the map.Simpson showed solid form in holding off Ecuador’s Angela Tenorio (silver) and American Barbara Pierre (bronze) but felt there was still work to be done before moving on to the Aug. 22-30 world championships in Beijing.“I tried to keep my composure and just ensure that I was relaxed in the last 20 meters of the race,” said Simpson.“Now I just need to get back to work and improve what I have to improve for the world championships.”The U.S. held its lead in the medals race by upping its gold medal tally to 76 and 201 medals overall. Canada was second with 64 golds and 173 overall.Levern Spencer won the women’s high jump to give St. Lucia its first gold medal in six appearances at the multisport competition between countries from North America, Latin America, South America and the Caribbean.Spencer, who represented her country in the last two Olympics, cleared 1.94 meters to secure the gold ahead of Antigua and Barbuda’s Priscilla Frederick and Barbados’ Akela Jones.“No other St. Lucian has ever won a gold at a Pan Am so it’s a great honor and I’m just happy to get a gold medal for my country,” Spencer, who won a bronze medal at the 2007 Pan Ams in Rio de Janeiro, told reporters.Waterski and wakeboard, one of the eight Pan Am sports not part of the Olympics program, had its day in the spotlight as the first medals were awarded.Chile’s Felipe Miranda won the men’s water ski overall event while Canada’s Whitney McClintock won gold in the women’s competition.American cyclist Kelly Catlin captured the gold medal in the women’s individual time trial but the 19-year-old said after that she was unsure whether she wanted to stay in the sport or focus entirely on her university studies.Catlin, who is working towards a double major in biomedical engineering and Chinese, previously trained in athletics and soccer but switched to cycling after suffering stress fractures in both legs three years ago.“I really like being a college student so it’s really hard because it’s hard to be a professional athlete and a college student at the same time,” said Catlin, who was only added to the event because the U.S. did not have a big enough road squad.“It’s been hard for me to choose. Do I put a priority on cycling or schoolwork? I’m still trying to figure it out.” KEYWORDS Toronto – Canada’s Andre De Grasse and Jamaica’s Sherone Simpson won their respective 100 meters finals at the Pan American Games on Wednesday while St. Lucia enjoyed a landmark moment at the multisport competition.De Grasse, Canada’s newest sprinting sensation, took the men’s final in 10.05 seconds in front of his home crowd while three-time Olympic medalist Simpson crossed the line in a season-best 10.95. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img Canada’s Andre De Grasse (center) leads the field during the men’s 100-meter final at the Pan American Games in Toronto on Wednesday. | USA TODAY / REUTERS Sherone Simpson, Pan Am games, Andre De Grasse RELATED PHOTOSlast_img read more

Arsenal still have interest in Celtic star, dates back to when…

first_imgWhile Arsenal needed some reinforcements this summer, signing a new striker wasn’t top of the list, with midfield and defence more pressing areas. That being said, it doesn’t mean the Gunners aren’t keeping an eye on talent around Europe in case a new forward is required.According to La Provence, one of the players still on Arsenal’s scouting team’s list is Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé.We say ‘still’ since the 22-year-old has been linked with the Unai Emery’s side in the past, when Arsène Wenger was in charge, but the French newspaper claim the interest remains.Embed from Getty ImagesThis information comes within an article about Marseille potentially making a move for the Celtic starlet, who could be allowed to leave if €15-20m were to be placed in front of Brendan Rodgers and co.Arsenal’s interest will have to remain as that for now, since the transfer window is closed, but it’s interesting to know that despite having the likes of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang already at the club, the Gunners are still thinking about the future.It’s common knowledge the young French striker won’t be staying at Celtic Park for the remainder of his career, and it’s just a case of when he leaves, not Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a Beautiful City and Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystDigitization in Banks Is No Longer About Efficiency, but Business Resilience. Don’t Get Left Behind.StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoInstant Voice TranslatorGenius Japanese Invention Allows You To Instantly Speak 43 LanguagesInstant Voice TranslatorUndoCNBC InternationalSingapore’s Freelancers Find New Income During the Coronavirus Pandemic.CNBC InternationalUndoDating.comTung Chung is actually full of single men. Check them out on this premium dating site!Dating.comUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndolast_img read more