Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Loses Gold after Relay Team Disqualified at Pan Am Games

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Loses Gold after Relay Team Disqualified at Pan Am Games

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Canada's relay team disqualified, loses gold

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TORONTO - The Canadian men's 4x100-metre relay team was disqualified at the Pan American Games on Saturday, denying sprinter Andre De Grasse a third gold medal.

Gavin Smellie, De Grasse, Brendon Rodney and Aaron Brown appeared to have won the gold medal when they crossed the finish line in a Pan Am Games record time of 38.06 seconds.

But a protest filed by the United States, Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil over Smellie stepping on the line during the first leg of the race was upheld.

It was the second protest filed after the race.

An earlier American protest saying Rodney stepped out of his lane was denied.

The U.S. moves from silver to gold, with Brazil taking second and Trinidad and Tobago moving up to third.

De Grasse won the 100 and 200 metres earlier at the Games.

The controversy marred what was otherwise a positive day for Canada's track and field team. Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., won the men's high jump with a leap of 2. …

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