de GRASSE Andre

10 Nov 1994
26
Male
SCARBOROUGH, ON
 
Canada
JACKSONVILLE, FL
 
United States of America

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
ATH Athletics Men's 100m 3 Bronze Medal
Men's 200m 1 Gold Medal
Men's 4 x 100m Relay 3 Bronze Medal

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished
Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished
Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished
Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished
Olympic Stadium - Track
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Olympic Stadium - Track
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Olympic Stadium - Track
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Olympic Stadium - Track
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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Olympic Games
YearLocation100m200m4 x 100m
2016Rio de Janeiro, BRA3rd (9.91)2nd (20.02)3rd (37.64)

World Athletics Championships
YearLocation100m200m4 x 100m
2019Doha, QAT3rd (9.90)2nd (19.95)Heats (37.91)
2017London, GBRHeats (DNS)--
2015Beijing, CHN3rd (9.92)-3rd (38.13)

World Relays
YearLocation4 x 100m4 x 200m
2019Yokohama, JPNHeats (38.76)-
2017Nassau, BAH6th (DNF)1st (1:19.42)

Diamond League overview - Three best ranks per season and event since 2017
Year100m200m
20212 x 4th1 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd
20192 x 5th1 x 1st, 2 x 3rd
20181 x 8th1 x 6th
20172 x 1st, 1 x 4th, 1 x 5th2 x 1st

Diamond League - Ten best performances since 2020
RankYearEventLocationResult
12021200mOslo, NOR20.09
12019200mRabat, MAR20.19
12017100mStockholm, SWE9.69
12017100mOslo, NOR10.01
12017200mRabat, MAR20.03
12017200mRome, ITA20.01
22021200mDoha, QAT19.89
32021200mGateshead, GBR20.85
32019200mBrussels, BEL19.87
32019200mLausanne, SUI19.92

World Athletics Continental Tour - Ten best performances since 2020
RankYearEventCompetitionLocationResult
12021200mWorld Athletics Continental TourSzekesfehervar, HUN19.97
32021100mWorld Athletics Continental TourOstrava, CZE10.17

World Challenge - Ten best performances since 2020
RankYearEventCompetitionLocationResult
12019100mWorld ChallengeBerlin, GER9.97
12019200mWorld ChallengeOstrava, CZE19.91
12017200mWorld ChallengeKingston, JAM20.14
22019100mWorld ChallengeOstrava, CZE10.05
22019100mWorld ChallengeNanjing, CHN10.09


Legend
SF - Semifinal, QF - Quarterfinal, 1R - 1st Round, Qual. - Qualification, QR - Qualification Round, DNF - Did Not Finish, DNS - Did Not Start, DQ - Disqualified, NM - No Mark, [Relay athlete without time] - Did not run in final
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Tip (sportsnet.ca, 22 Jul 2016)
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Playing basketball, following the Toronto Raptors basketball team. (athletics.ca, 24 Dec 2019)
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Athlete
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Sociology - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Partner Nia Ali, daughter Yuri [2018]
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English
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Speed Academy Athletics Club [Canada]
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Rana Reider, USA
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His partner Nia Ali has represented the United States of America in athletics at international level, and won a silver medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 May 2020; clickorlando.com, 24 Mar 2020; andredegrasse.com, 01 Nov 2019)
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In July 2018 he was forced to cut short his season after suffering a grade one strain in the biceps femoris [hamstring muscles] during the 200m semifinals at the Canadian championships. (cbc.ca, 17 Jul 2019)

Hamstring injuries left him unable to compete at the 2017 World Championships in London, England, and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (insidethegames.biz, 13 May 2020)

He struggled with a toe injury in early 2016. (vancouversun.com, 16 Jun 2016)
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He ran his first 100m race in 2012 at the York Region High School Championships in Toronto, ON, Canada, having previously focused only on basketball. (andredegrasse.com, 01 Nov 2019)
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He was convinced by a friend to give sprinting a try after his high school was unable to field a basketball team in his senior year. He borrowed a pair of spikes for the race and came second, running a 10.9s without starting blocks. Coach Tony Sharpe saw him and invited him to join his Speed Academy club, and the next year he set a new Canadian junior record of 10.25s. (andredegrasse.com, 01 Nov 2019)
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To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I won two bronze medals and a silver medal [at the 2016 Olympic Games], so hopefully I try and transition and win a gold medal [in Tokyo]." (marca.com, 15 Oct 2018)
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He changed coach in 2018, leaving Stuart McMillan and Canada behind to work with Rana Reider and his group at the University of North Florida in the United States of America. "[McMillan and I] had a great run. The first couple of years were great, 2016 and even the first half of 2017 was good, until the [hamstring] injury. Every coach is different. I am not trying to bash Stu or say anything negative about what I do with Rana that I didn't do with Stu. But everyone has their own philosophy and I just buy in and stick with what the coach wants me to do and go from there. Rana has done a great job with all different types of athletes." He said in the lead-up to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo he and Reider have been working on hitting a higher speed during the first 50 metres of his sprints. (reuters.com, 29 Dec 2018; worldathletics.org, 23 Apr 2019; torontosun.com, 14 Oct 2019)
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Coach Tony Sharpe. (olympic.ca, 22 Jan 2016)
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"Never let your successes go to your head. Never let your failures go to your heart." (olympic.ca, 22 Jan 2016)
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In 2016 he was named Canadian Press Male Athlete of the Year. (cbc.ca, 26 Dec 2016)

While competing for the University of Southern California in the United States of America, he was named the 2015 National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Division I Male Track Athlete of the Year. (nationalpost.com, 07 Jul 2016)

In 2015 he won the Golden Shoe Award as Trackie of the Year in 2015. The honour is presented by the Canadian Running Magazine. He was also named 2015 CBCSports.ca's Canadian Athlete of the Year. (runningmagazine.ca, 20 Dec 2015; cbc.ca, 01 Jan 2016)

General Interest

General
COMPARISONS WITH BOLT
He shared a smile with Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as the pair crossed the finish line in first [Bolt] and second [De Grasse] in the semifinals of the 200m event at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Following Bolt's retirement, De Grasse has been tipped as the 'next Usain Bolt' and says he enjoys the pressure the comparison brings. "I just try to be myself. It's a little bit of pressure but I like it. I have fun with it, I like to be up to the hype, live up to that pressure. Usain Bolt is an amazing guy, an amazing runner. It's definitely going to be hard to break 9.58 [in the 100m] and even 19.19 [in the 200m]. For me, I just try to work hard every day, stay motivated, have the confidence and hopefully one day I'll be able to break it." (marca.com, 15 Oct 2018)

HEIGHT
At 176cm tall, he is one of the shorter elite sprinters in the world. He has said that for years people doubted him due to his shorter height. "I had more than a little bit of doubt. I was struggling for a few years. It wasn't going my way. A lot of people see me, see my size, [and] doubt me." (torontosun.com, 14 Oct 2019)

EYE SURGERY
In 2019 he underwent laser eye surgery [LASIK] to correct issues with his eyesight. After the operation he became sponsored by a LASIK clinic. "In a race, every detail counts. That's why I decided to get LASIK. The procedure was quick and painless, so I could get back to my training in no time. Having perfect vision is going to help me become a world and Olympic champion." (Twitter profile, 21 Jun 2019)

LIFESTYLE CHANGES
In 2019 he admitted that early in his career he often stayed out late at night and ate junk food, which he says may have made him more susceptible to injury. "Sometimes I would come home and grab a burger or something on the road at a drive-thru. I had to change. I probably took a lot for granted, and I definitely didn't want to keep getting injured. I had to play a better role [in my health]. I take a lot more things seriously now. I'm not eating out as much or snacking on junk food. I had to sacrifice some things and not be out late so I was ready for the next training day." (cbc.ca, 23 Sep 2019; ca.yahoosports.com, 23 Sep 2019)

BECOMING A FATHER
In 2018 his daughter Yuri was born to partner Nia Ali. "She [Yuri] is always smiling. That's the fun part when you're having a crappy day. It's been a transition. It's been a little difficult, not being used to it, being a first-time father, but it's been fun. It's just a great motivation for me moving forward, for her to see me, she's going to get a chance to watch me at the world championships or the Olympic Games. I'm looking forward to it." (worldathletics.org, 23 Apr 2019; ctvnews.ca, 21 Nov 2018; marca.com, 15 Oct 2018)

FOUNDATION
In 2018 he launched the Andre De Grasse Family Foundation at the same track where he ran his first 100m race in Toronto, ON, Canada. "I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for my education, the resources made available to me and the mentorship and support of my first coach, Tony Sharpe, my mum and countless others along the way. I am very excited to pay it forward." (torontosun.com, 14 Oct 2019; athletics.ca, 31 May 2018)

Legend
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Gold Medal
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Bronze Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
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