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Andre De Grasse Advances To 100m Final At World Track And Field Championships

08/23/2015 07:58 EDT | Updated 08/23/2015 09:59 EDT

Update: Andre De Grasse and Trayvon Bromell tied for bronze 9.92, Usain Bolt came first at 9.79 and Justin Gatlin second at 9.80 in the 100m at the World Track And Field Championships.

BEIJING - Canadian sprint phenom Andre De Grasse has advanced to tonight's final of the men's 100 metres at the world track and field championships.

The 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., ran 9.96 to finish second in a stacked semifinal that included world-record holder Usain Bolt and young American star Trayvon Bromell.

Bolt also ran 9.96 to finish first.

De Grasse is the first Canadian to qualify for the 100 final at the world championships since Bruny Surin in 1999. The race marked the fifth time he's dipped below 10 seconds this year.

Justin Gatlin won the second semifinal in 9.77.

The world championships cap a remarkable season for the young sprinter, who swept both the 100 and 200 titles at the NCAA championships and then the Pan American Games in Toronto.