Injury stops De Grasse at worlds — no final showdown with Bolt
Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse will miss the upcoming world championships due to a torn hamstring.
De Grasse suffered the injury on Monday during a training session. In a release, Athletics Canada said that a second opinion on Wednesday confirmed the diagnosis.
“Injuries are a part of the sport, and the timing of this one is especially unfortunate,” De Grasse said in a statement on his Facebook page.
“While I’m in the best shape of my life and extremely disappointed that I will not have the chance to compete for my country in London, I can’t forget or be ungrateful for the successes that I’ve been blessed with up to this point in my career,” he said.
“I’ll be back stronger and faster than ever.”
The injury is a big blow for Canada that was relying on him for medals at the worlds. He was a medal threat in both the 100 and 200 metres and also served as the anchor on Canada’s 4x100 relay team.
The 22-year-old from Markham was due to race against Usain Bolt in the 100 metre final at London Olympic Stadium. Bolt, an 11-time world champion, plans to retire after the worlds. De Grasse was supposed to open the worlds with the 100 heats on Friday before the final on Saturday.
“I really feel for Andre, I know he really wanted to make a mark here at the world championships,” Athletics Canada head coach Glenroy Gilbert said in a statement.
“Injuries are part of the sport, obviously, the timing is terrible.
De Grasse has had a strong season in the Diamond League and was atop the standings in both the 100 and 200 events.