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Athletics: De Grasse wins 200m to book Diamond League finals spot

Athletics: De Grasse wins 200m to book Diamond League finals spot
From Reuters - July 16, 2017

(Reuters) - Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse claimed the victory he needed in the 200 meters to book a place in the end-of-season IAAF Diamond League finals during the latest stop in the series in Rabat, Morocoo on Sunday.

The Olympic silver medalist stormed home in 20.03 seconds ahead of American Ameer Webb (20.18) and Britain's Zharnel Hughes (20.22).

Like many of the athletes on show, De Grasse was using the event as a warm-up for the world championships in London from Aug. 4-13. He was pleased with his run, but has yet to go under 20 seconds this season.

It was a good race and a good performance, De Grasse said. I was pushed in the bend, but I wanted to finish strong today and to stay relaxed. This was a race to tune-up for the world championships and it went pretty well.

Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson picked up her 14th victory in a row in the 100 meters, edging Ivorian Marie-Josee Ta Lou.

Thompson's time of 10.87 was an improvement on her run in London last weekend by 0.07, and more success for the double Olympic champion, who has focused only on this distance in 2017.

"I am pleased with my race," Thompson said. "I am in the shape that I want to be in and I am looking forward to the world championships in London."

Ujah Victory

With Jamaica's Yohan Blake having pulled out of the men's 100 meters competition, Britain's Chijindu Ujah claimed victory in 9.98 seconds, 0.02 off his personal best.

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