Grasse out of the World Championships with injury
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[August 03, 2017]
(Reuters) - Andre de Grasse, the
triple Olympic sprint medalist, has pulled out of the World
Athletics Championships in London with injury, boosting Usain Bolt's
chances of a golden swansong.
The Canadian was expected to be Bolt's main rival for his 100 meters
crown in the Jamaican's farewell championship but he suffered a
hamstring strain in training on Monday and will miss the rest of the
"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," 22-year-old De Grasse said in a
"To not have this opportunity is unimaginable to me but it is the
reality I am now faced with.
"I am sad to miss this chance but I am young and with treatment and
rehabilitation I will be back and better than ever in the near
His manager Paul Doyle told Reuters the sprinter had suffered a
grade two hamstring strain to his right leg.
"We tried to do everything we could to have him ready but he's just
not going to be ready," Doyle said.
"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 100 meters, 200 meters and the
relay and done for the season."
De Grasse, who won the Olympic 200m silver and bronzes in the 100m
and 4 x 100m relay, had been due to line up in the 100m heats on the
Championships' opening day on Friday as the first part of another
triple medal bid.
He had recorded the fastest time of the year, albeit strongly
wind-assisted, of 9.69 seconds in Stockholm in June and had been
shaping up as the man most likely to spoil the script in Bolt's
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Andre De Grasse of Canada celebrates winning. TT News Agency/Anders
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De Grasse first came on Bolt's radar last year at the
Rio Games when the confident Canadian pushed him hard in the 200m
semi-finals, prompting the Jamaican to wag his finger at the
The pair had seemed to get on well but the atmosphere between them
had evidently chilled a little this year, if Bolt's comments at a
media conference in London on Tuesday were anything to go by.
Asked who might fill his shoes after he retires, Bolt made what
appeared to be a pointed reference to De Grasse when he responded:
"I'm not going down that road. The last guy I said was going to be
great disrespected me."
This was thought to be in response to De Grasse suggesting Bolt
might be slowing down in his final season.
Also, there had been a claim from De Grasse's team that Bolt had
tried to get the Canadian ousted from the 100m that he was running
at the Diamond League meeting in Monaco -- a suggestion of 'running
scared' that the Jamaican vehemently denied.
De Grasse's absence from the 100m unquestionably boosts Bolt's
chances of ensuring he adds an eighth individual World Championship
gold to his incredible tally in his final solo race on Saturday.
(Reporting by Kayon Raynor, Writing by Ian Chadband; Editing by Ian
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