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Southern Califnornia Athletics | August 15, 2016

De Grasse earns bronze medal in 100M dash

  Southern California student-athlete Andre De Grasse won bronze behind Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin.
  Southern California's Andre De Grasse won bronze for Canada in the men's 100M dash.

Andre De Grasse earned the bronze medal in the men’s 100m dash and Allyson Felix advanced to the women’s 400m final at the 2016 Olympics held at Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday. Also, Zsofia Erdelyi ran in the women’s marathon and placed 52nd. USC athletes have now earned seven medals at the 2016 Olympics - 3 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze.

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De Grasse (USC 2016) earned the bronze medal in the men’s 100m final by taking third with a wind-legal personal best time of 9.91 (+0.2). Usain Bolt, who flanked De Grasse in both races today, won the gold medal with a time of 9.81, while USA’s Justin Gatlin took the silver with a time of 9.89. De Grasse, running for Canada, became the first Trojan to medal in the 100m dash since Don Quarrie earned a silver medal in 1976. De Grasse is also the fifth Trojan to medal in the 100m dash (Charles Paddock – Gold in 1920, Ralph Metcalfe – Silver in 1932 and 1936, Lennox Miller – Silver in 1968 and Bronze in 1972 and Quarrie – Silver in 1976).

De Grasse reached the final by taking second earlier in the day in his semifinal heat and second overall by matching his previous legal personal best of 9.92 (+0.2).

Felix (USC 2008) advanced to the 400m final by winning her semifinal heat today with a season-best time of 49.67. Felix’s time was the fastest of the qualifiers and she will run in lane four tomorrow at 6:45 p.m.

Erdelyi (USC 2012) placed 52nd in the women’s marathon with a time of 2:39.04, steadily moving up the pack from 112th at the 5K mark to her final finish of 52nd. Every 5K she ran she had a better standing in the race. Erdelyi was the top finisher among her Hungary teammates and improved 40 spots from her finish at the 2012 Olympics in London. 

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Trojans competing along with Felix tomorrow at the Olympics will be Tynia Gaither (USC 2016) in the 200m heats at 5:35 a.m., Dalilah Muhammad (USC 2012) and Amalie Iuel(USC 2017) in the women’s 400m IH heats at 5:30 p.m.

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