In a tragic event for the world athletics fans, one of the hot favourites for both the men’s 100m and 200m events, Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse has pulled out of competition a day before the start of the IAAF World Championships in London.
The news comes as a huge set back to fans, who were dying to see one last classical showdown between the greatest of all time Usain Bolt and his young challenger in front of an expected sold out crowd at the very beautiful Olympic Stadium in London.
The 22-year old is said to have reportedly pulled up during training on Monday. His agent Paul Doyle revealed that the Canadian National Record holder in the men’s 200m (19.80), suffered a grade two strain in his hamstring while working on his starts.
The Canadian is a triple medallist from Rio 2016 with two bronzes in the 100m and 4*100m to go with his 200m silver. With Usain Bolt set to retire after the IAAF championships, Andre De Grasse has been hailed by the experts all around as the favourite to succeed the great Jamaican as the new face of 100m and 200m sprinting. He was also the outright favourite to win the 200m crown in London after Usain Bolt decided not to participate in the discipline.
De Grasse was legit devastated on missing out on the opportunity to compete in London.
“The entire year this 100 metres 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,” De Grasse said through a release.
“To not have this opportunity is unimaginable to me, but it is the reality I am faced with. I am sad to miss this chance, but I am young and will be back and better than ever in the near future,” De Grasse added.
Doyle confirmed that the hamstring injury is likely to keep the 2016 Canadian Male Athlete of the year out of action for at least 6 weeks.