"Markham's pride is now Canada's!" 🥇
Olympian Andre De Grasse just took home the gold for the men's 200-metre final, and Canadians are showing off some serious pride.
Earlier this morning on Wednesday, Aug. 4, the Scarborough-born and Markham-raised sprint king snatched the first place spot on the podium with a time of 19.62 seconds.
Moments after the news broke of De Grasse's win, fans across Ontario took to social media to applaud the Olympian and congratulate him on yet another win.
I don't often gloat that I'm from #Markham... but...\n\n#MILLIKENMILLS STAND UP!\n\nBig up to our #GOLD en #MarkhamMandem @de6rasse https://www.instagram.com/p/CSJ0lYoASvk/?utm_medium=twitter\u00a0\u2026— DIANA C. R\u20ac\u00a5\u20ac$ (@DIANA C. R\u20ac\u00a5\u20ac$) 1628082196
Hometown fans seized this gold-medal opportunity to share their Markham pride, and called on De Grasse's high school, Milliken Mills, to "STAND UP!"
Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath also congratulated the Scarborough-born athlete on his impressive win. De Grasse's run time for this race, which was also his personal best, beat out Usain Bolt's time from the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Born in Scarborough, raised in Markham, Olympic champion in #Toyko2020! Congratulations, Andre De Grasse @De6rasse on sprinting to gold for #TeamCanada in men's 200 metre! #Olympics #andredegrasse— Andrea Horwath (@Andrea Horwath) 1628083299
MP for Markham-Thornhill Mary Ng retweeted a video of the history-making moment for Team Canada. "This is the first time a Canadian has won the event since 1928," CBC Olympics tweeted.
Markham's pride is now Canada's! Congratulations, @De6rasse: Olympic champion! #TeamCanada #WeAreMarkham\n\n\n\nLa fiert\u00e9 de Markham est maintenant celle du Canada ! F\u00e9licitations, @De6rasse : Champion olympique ! #EquipeCanadahttps://twitter.com/CBCOlympics/status/1422904886023409667\u00a0\u2026— Mary Ng (@Mary Ng) 1628083017
Bob Saroya, the MP for Markham-Unionville, shared a photograph of himself standing next to De Grasse and his family, alongside the street sign with the Olympian's last name on it.
Congrats to my friend and Markham\u2019s own @De6rasse on winning Gold at the men\u2019s #200m in Tokyo! In 2018 I joined the De Grasse Family, Mayor @frankscarpitti and thousands of residents to name a street after Andre. #MarkhamProudpic.twitter.com/fZYbK3AuUJ— Bob Saroya, MP (@Bob Saroya, MP) 1628082310
Even the Toronto Raptors shared their congratulations for the Ontarian.
LFG @De6rasse !!https://twitter.com/TeamCanada/status/1422908148403392512\u00a0\u2026— Toronto Raptors (@Toronto Raptors) 1628083917
The celebrations were even carried out on a national level, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeting a congratulatory "GOLD!!!"
GOLD!!! Congratulations, @De6rasse. #GoCanadaGo https://twitter.com/teamcanada/status/1422907151643709443\u00a0\u2026— Justin Trudeau (@Justin Trudeau) 1628084259
And now that the celebrations can begin, the Canadian Olympian told CBC that he can't wait to call his mom and celebrate with her back in Canada.
"My mom, back home in Canada, she's there. Can't wait to call her as well, she's probably so proud of me. Think she's back home watching it with my cousins, and her sister and brothers. She told me she had a little get-together at the house. So I know she's super proud of me," De Grasse said. "I'll definitely go home to my kids and I'll have her come out and celebrate with me and then I'll probably go back home to Canada when things settle down."
The cover image on the right was used for illustrative purposes only.
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