Bolt ri­val De Grasse out of World Cham­pi­onships

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Cana­dian sprinter An­dre de Grasse will miss the World Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships with a ham­string tear.

The 22-year-old was re­garded as one of Usain Bolt’s main chal­lengers for the 100m ti­tle in Lon­don.

De Grasse won 200m sil­ver, 100m bronze and 4x100m re­lay bronze at Rio 2016 and ran a win­das­sisted 9.69 sec­onds in Stock­holm in June.

“In­juries are a part of the sport, and the tim­ing of this one is es­pe­cially un­for­tu­nate,” he said.

“The en­tire year this 100m race in Lon­don was my fo­cus. I am re­ally in the best shape of my life and was look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing against the best in the world. To not have this op­por­tu­nity is unimag­in­able to me but it is the re­al­ity I am now faced with.”

His man­ager Paul Doyle added: “We tried to do every­thing we could to have him ready but he’s just not go­ing to be ready.

“Fur­ther MRI re­sults to­day showed it’s probably go­ing to be an­other four to six weeks be­fore he’s fully re­cov­ered.

“So un­for­tu­nately he’s out of the 100m, 200m and the re­lay and done for the sea­son.”

The World Cham­pi­onships run from 4-13 Au­gust.

An­dre de Grasse and Usain Bolt at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

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