Aaron Brown narrowly wins 100 metres at Canadian championships
Aaron Brown of Toronto won the men's 100-metre final that took a couple of minutes to decide at the Canadian track and field championships on Friday night.
Brown and silver medallist Bismark Boateng both crossed in 10.16 seconds, forcing officials to go to the thousandths of a second where it was determined Brown won by 1/1000th.
Three-time Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse was third in 10.20.
De Grasse had barely qualified for the final after finishing third in his semifinal. The 23-year-old from Markham, Ont., had to wait to see if he qualified on time, which was seventh fastest overall, enough for a spot in the final.
Brown had recorded the fastest time of the semis in 10.14.
De Grasse has had a slow start to the season due to a hamstring injury that forced him to withdraw from last summer's world championships. He also recently became a dad, his girlfriend Nia Ali gave birth to their daughter Yuri on June 24.
Crystal Emmanuel of Toronto won the women's 100 in 11.34.
A victory this week comes with an automatic berth in the NACAC championships, for athletes from North America, Central America and the Caribbean, Aug. 10-12 in Toronto. The NACAC meet at the University of Toronto is a qualifying event for next year's world championships in Doha.
A day after athletes battled 36 C heat, temperatures dipped to 18 C for Friday night's events at Terry Fox Stadium.
Other winners Friday included Christabel Nettey women's in the long jump, Jared Kerr in men's long jump, Rachel Andres in the women's discus, Alexa Porpaczy in women's high jump, and Tim Nedow in men's shot put.