Canada was in fifth place heading into the final leg, but Andre De Grasse was in the anchor position.
Thank goodness for that.
Just hours after winning gold in the 200 meter final, De Grasse must have been racing on steams, but you would never know.
De Grasse not only brought Canada back to a qualifying position, he helped his team equal the fastest time of the race (37.92 seconds).
Canada’s fantastic race in the men’s 4 × 100 relay 🇨🇦
The recent gold medalist Andre De Grasse with a crazy anchor running in the sprint 🇨🇦 in 2nd place which qualifies them for the final. https://t.co/6DKKdHtYxi pic.twitter.com/JqelO0P9AN
– CBC Olympics (@CBCOlympics) August 5, 2021
One of the teams Canada was running was the United States, who surprisingly finished sixth and will not make the final.
De Grasse, along with teammates Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake and Brendon Rodney, will go for gold in the 4 × 100-meter relay final on Friday, which can be seen on CBC at 9:50 a.m. ET / 6:50 a.m. PT.
Jamaica qualified with the fastest time (37.82), followed by China (37.92) and Canada (37.92). The other five countries qualified for the final are Italy (37.95), Great Britain (38.02), Germany (38.06), Ghana (38.08) and Japan (38, 16).
Canada won bronze in the 4 × 100-meter relay at Rio 2016. De Grasse is chasing her third medal in Tokyo and the sixth of her Olympic career.