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Markham mayor declares Aug. 4 ‘Andre De Grasse Day’

Day named to honour gold and bronze medals at Tokyo 2020 Olympics
Aug. 6, 2021
Laura Broadley

Markham’s Andre De Grasse has more than Olympic gold to celebrate after Mayor Frank Scarpitti declared Aug. 4 “Andre De Grasse Day.”

In a statement released on Twitter, Scarpitti said the honour was given because of De Grasse’s gold medal win in the 200-metre competition and the bronze medal in the 100-metre competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“On behalf of members of council and the entire community, we send our congratulations to Andre for these outstanding accomplishments and thank him for representing Markham and Canada with pride,” Scarpitti’s statement said.

De Grasse made Canadian history by winning back-to-back medals in consecutive Olympics for the 100-metre and 200-metre competitions.

De Grasse crossed the 200-metre sprint line in 19.62 seconds, beating the Canadian record he has set 24 hours earlier, to win gold.

“We wish Andre and his teammates wells as they pursue a medal in the men’s 4 x 100-metre competition later this week,” Scarpitti said.