In­jury stops De Grasse at worlds — no fi­nal show­down with Bolt

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - LON­DON —

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.

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