De Grasse wins 100 in stun­ning ( but wind-aided) 9.69: ‘I’m just look­ing for­ward to run­ning that fast legally’


STOCK­HOLM— 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 wind-aided times in his­tory, and what would have been a Cana­dian record and a per­sonal best. The wind read­ing was an il­le­gal 4.8 me­tres per sec­ond. Any­thing above 2.0 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 (1999 world cham­pi­onships). De Grasse’s fastest le­gal time is the 9.91 he ran to earn bronze at the 2016 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.

DeGrasse ap­pears on pace for a strong sum­mer that in­cludes the world cham­pi­onships in Lon­don in early Au­gust, where he’ll race Usain Bolt one last time. Bolt is ex­pected to re­tire af­ter this sum­mer.

“It’s been a suc­cess­ful se­ries of races,” said his coach Stu­art McMil­lan. “The ob­jec­tive was to be con­sis­tent — to learn from each race, and to im­prove race ex­e­cu­tion each time out. From this per­spec­tive, I feel he has done very well. 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.”

The Ivory Coast’s Ben Youssef Meite (9.84) and Ja­maica’s Ryan Shields (9.89) fin­ished sec­ond and third be­hind De Grasse.

Crys­tal Em­manuel of Toronto was sec­ond in the women’s 200 me­tres, miss­ing gold by just 0.01, and the Cana­dian record by 0.07.

Em­manuel crossed in 22.69 to fin­ish be­hind Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast. Ger­many’s Re­bekka Haase was third in 22.76. Marita Payne-Wig­gins, mother of NBA star An­drew Wig­gins, holds the Cana­dian record of 22.62 set in 1983.

Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ont., was fourth in the women’s 800 me­tres in 1:59.70. Francine Niyon­s­aba won in 1:59.11, while Swe­den’s Lo­visa Lindh was sec­ond in 1:59.41, and Selina Buchel of Switzer­land took third (1:59.66).

De Grasse felt the gust­ing wind, he said, as the run­ners lined up for the start.

“But when we went into the blocks and started rac­ing, I didn’t re­ally feel the wind,” he said. “That’s the fastest I’ve ever run, it’s go­ing to be a shock to the body. (Mon­day) is go­ing to hurt a lit­tle, but I’m just look­ing for­ward to the next race and see what I can do legally.”

De Grasse’s next meet is the Harry Jerome In­ter­na­tional Track Clas­sic on June 28 in Co­quit­lam, B.C.


Cana­dian Olympian An­dre De Grasse con­tin­ued to pick up speed on the road to this sum­mer’s world cham­pi­onships — and a fi­nal show­down with Usain Bolt — by blow­ing away the com­pe­ti­tion in Sun­day’s Di­a­mond League 100 me­tres in Stock­holm.


An­dre De Grasse poses with his eye-pop­ping wind-aided clock­ing of 9.69 sec­onds at the Di­a­mond League track and field meet in Stock­holm on Sun­day. The Markham, Ont., na­tive has won three races in a row.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.