NEWS
07/08/2017 09:47 EDT | Updated 07/08/2017 13:46 EDT

Aaron Brown, Andre De Grasse top two qualifiers in 200 semifinals

OTTAWA — Aaron Brown was the fastest qualifier in the 200-metre semifinals at the Canadian track and field championships Saturday.

The 25-year-old from Brampton, Ont., who was disqualified for a false start in the 100 semis the previous night, crossed in 20.31 seconds.

Three-time Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse coasted to an easy 20.44 to win his semifinal.

Brendon Rodney of Brampton, Ont., won his semi in 20.45.

De Grasse, a 22-year-old from Markham, Ont., won his third consecutive national 100 title Friday, in 10.11 seconds. He's keen to claim the 200-metre title after losing to Rodney last year in Edmonton.

Crystal Emmanuel of Toronto, who won Friday night's women's 100 title, had the fastest 200 time of 22.99 seconds in the semifinal round.

The 200 finals are Sunday.