Andre De Grasse injury denies sprinter World Championship race with Usain Bolt

Lawrence Cooper
August 4, 2017

Not only had the 22-year-old, a triple medalist at last year's Olympics, suggested airily that Bolt might be slowing down but his team had also said the Jamaican's camp ensured he was kept out of their recent 100m race in Monaco, a suggestion they denied vehemently.

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, De Grasse won bronze in the 100m - behind Bolt and American Justin Gatlin - and took silver in the 200m, after pushing Bolt all the way in the semi-finals.

On the eve of his final two races - the 100m and the 4x100m relay - the 30-year-old told Reuters TV that he would be as focused on the finish line as always.

It was not revealed on which leg De Grasse suffered the torn hamstring, which happened in a Monday training run.

"Injuries are a part of the sport, and the timing of this one is especially unfortunate", De Grasse wrote on his Facebook page. "I am sad to miss the chance but I am young and, with treatment and rehabilitation, I will be back better than ever in the near future".

Saturday's men's 100-metre final (CBC,, 4:45 p.m. ET) had been billed, at least in Canada, as a showdown between De Grasse and Usain Bolt.

"I'm not going down that road", Bolt said.

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And the IAAF World Championship in the United Kingdom, beginning on Friday, will be the Jamaican's last global event.

Bolt, who turns 31 later this month, said earlier this week he was looking forward to a new chapter.

"The last guy I said was going to be great disrespected me".

"It gives me a lot of excitement to see what lies in store for me, but at the same time, I know there's a lot of responsibility for me to go out there and work for where I want to be".

Usain Bolt celebrates after a press conference ahead of the World Athletics championships in London on Tuesday. This season, Blake owns two of the four fastest times - a 9.90 and a 9.93 - that were both run on home turf in Kingston.

"Probably the past five to eight years, Bolt's been used to people rolling over for him, and when Andre didn't do that in the semifinal in Rio last year, Andre definitely meant no disrespect by that, but I think Bolt maybe took it a little bit differently", McMillan said. The World Championships starts on Friday and Bolt is confident of winning yet another title. If it had gone the other way we wouldn't have just lost the Games, we wouldn't have had the Olympic Park or the stadium and wouldn't have been in a position to bid to stage a World Championships.

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