De Grasse’s in­vis­i­ble ally

Cana­dian star posts stun­ning 100M time with a lit­tle push

Metro Canada (Calgary) - - THE NEW FARM - The Cana­dian Press

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.

Jonathan naCKStRanD/aFP Photo

an­dre De Grasse out­paces the Ivory coast’s ben youssef Meite on Sun­day in Swe­den.

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