De Grasse and Arop win gold at Diamond League stop in Eugene
Coming off three medals at Tokyo 2020, including a bronze in the 100m, De Grasse looked to carry his momentum forward into that same event in Eugene. The star sprinter did just that, finishing in first with a time of 9.74s.
The up-and-coming Arop was just as impressive in his 800m event, taking gold with a time of 1:44.51.
The 22-year-old showcased his powerful acceleration over the final 200m to beat out Tokyo 2020 gold and silver medallists Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich of Kenya.
“It’s the reason why I love running – the amount of support I’ve received over the years has been overwhelming,” Arop said after the race. “No matter how I perform, whether it’s a good or bad meet, they’re always there behind my back and that includes friends, family, and just all around Canadians. It’s a lovely feeling.”
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot also reached the podium for Canada, finishing third in the B race for the men’s mile run.
The Diamond League will continue next week on August 26 with a stop in Lausanne, Switzerland.