De Grasse’s in­vis­i­ble ally

Cana­dian star posts stun­ning 100M time with a lit­tle push

Metro Canada (Ottawa) - - The New Farm -

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.

Jonathan NACKSTRAND/AFP Photo

An­dre De Grasse out­paces the Ivory Coast’s Ben Youssef Meite on Sun­day in Swe­den.

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