“It’s Windy Here”- Andre de Grasse’s Medal Chances Disrupted by Troublesome Winds at Doha Diamond League

Published 05/13/2022, 3:27 PM EDT
DOHA, QATAR – SEPTEMBER 30: Andre De Grasse of Canada reacts in the Men’s 200 metres semi finals during day four of 17th IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium on September 30, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

The Doha Diamond League 2022 conjured Olympic memories with eight events featuring clashes between medalists from Tokyo. The matches included men’s high jump co-gold medalists Mutaz Barshim and Gianmarco Tamberi. 200m gold medalist Andre De Grasse and bronze medalist Noah Lyles. Doha also featured women’s 400m gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo against silver medalist Marileidy Paulino.

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While going into the race in the 200m, there was no clear favorite, although De Grasse was certainly in the mix to win owing to his Olympic triumph. But it wasn’t to be as America’s Noah Lyles had other plans.

Andre De Grasse has his say about the race

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Canada’s De Grasse finally broke his jinx of losing out on Olympic gold in Tokyo this year. The sprinter won the 200m event at the Tokyo games, beating out America’s Kenny Bednarek and Noah Lyles for the win.

Naturally, the expectations from the Canadian were high, but his fans were left disappointed as the runner finished outside the top three. After the race, Andre gave a quick interview as the sprinter expressed his delight at seeing the fans.

“It’s windy here, but it was a good race. I feel that I’m getting back in shape. My goal for the world championship is to get a medal Qatar is amazing with fans. It’s good to be back here,” he said.

TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 04: First-placed Canada’s Andre De Grasse celebrates after winning the men’s 200m final during day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 4, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo Ben Stansall – Pool/Getty Images)

The official wind reading of the night came in at +2.1seconds, so all times of the night were deemed illegal. Andre finished fourth with a time of 20.15seconds (.146). Trinidad and Tobago’s Jereem Richards finished third with a time of 20.15seconds (.142). America’s Noah Lyles and Fred Kerley secured the top two places with a time of 19.72seconds and 19.75seconds respectively.

Although De Grasse finished outside of the medal positions, it was still good to see him race and have a good time. We hope he continues to improve on his performance and give the fans a show as he always has.

Pole Vault event postponed because of the wind

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Andre De Grasse certainly wasn’t lying about it being windy out there. The Doha Diamond League was also supposed to play host to the men’s pole vault event but there was too much wind to conduct the event.

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As a result, the event has been postponed for the next day. The Diamond League men’s pole vault event will now be held indoors as the one-day event will have to take place over two days.

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Naman Gopal Srivastava

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Naman Gopal is a US Sports Writer at EssentiallySports. Naman is an Undergraduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor’s degree in Cinematography from the Maharashtra Institute of Technology. An ardent fan of basketball and soccer, Naman was once a national level soccer player himself.

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