At the sixth Diamond League event in Birmingham, England, Andre De Grasse and Melissa Bishop both ran season’s best times, finishing first and third respectively on Sunday.
A strong finish by De Grasse gave the Canadian his first Diamond league victory of the season, crossing the line in 20.16 seconds in the men’s 200 metre, despite a -1.5m/s head wind. Coming off the corner, De Grasse sat just behind the leaders, before a strong finished allowed him to edge out Panama’s Alonso Edward (20.16s). Sean McLean from the United States finished third in 20.24s.
Bishop raced to third and a new season’s best of one minutes 58:48s in the women’s 800m. The Canadian record holder bettered her time from Thursday’s event in Rome, where she opened her season with a seventh place finish in 1:59.97s. Burundi’s Francine Niyonsaba won Sunday’s event in 1:56.92s, France’s Renelle Lamote claimed second in 1:58:01s.
Next up, Canadians will head to Oslo for the seventh Diamond League event.