De Grasse’s invisible ally
Canadian star posts stunning 100M time with a little push
A stiff breeze may have kept sprint star Andre De Grasse from a Canadian record.
But with his blistering victory in the 100 metres at the Diamond League meet in Stockholm on Sunday, the 22-year-old from Markham, Ont., served notice that the national mark isn’t long for the books.
De Grasse crossed in 9.69 seconds, one of the fastest windaided times in history, and what would have been a Canadian record and a big personal best. But the wind reading was an illegal 4.8 metres per second — anything above two metres is considered wind-aided.
“It was a shock to me when I saw the time on the board,” De Grasse said on the IAAF website. “I just wanted to run sub-10 and I didn’t feel in the shape to run that fast.
“I’m really happy about it, it’s a good start to the season. I’m just looking forward to running that fast legally.”
The Canadian record is 9.84, held by both Donovan Bailey (1996 Olympics) and Bruny Surin (’99 world championships). De Grasse’s fastest legal time is the 9.91 he ran en route to winning bronze at the Rio Olympics.
Using a wind adjustment calculator, De Grasse’s time converts to 9.88 with zero wind, or 9.79 with a legal 2.0 wind.
The victory was the Canadian’s third in a row, coming three days after he won the 100 metres at the Oslo Diamond League meet. He won the 200 metres in Rome on June 8.
The solid stretch of racing has De Grasse on pace for a strong summer that includes the world championships in London in early August, where he’ll race Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt one last time.
“It’s been a successful series of races,” said De Grasse’s coach Stuart McMillan. “The objective was to be consistent .... His top end speed is starting to come, and I have no doubt that once we de-load, there will be much more to come.”
That’s the fastest I’ve ever run, it’s going to be a shock to the body. andre De Grasse expects to be sore on Monday.
andre De Grasse outpaces the Ivory coast’s ben youssef Meite on Sunday in Sweden.