Gold Coast, Nov. 19 (NsNewsWire) — Canadian Andre De Grasse has been anointed the future of athletics after running a personal best at the Rio Olympics to finish second behind Usain Bolt in the 100m final, but they’re some mighty shoes to fill.
De Grasse shot to prominence with some exciting performances at the 2016 Olympics, claiming three medals and a new legion of fans across the world.
While De Grasse’s personal best is officially 9.91, he ran the equal third quickest time in history to win a Diamond League meet in April, a scintillating 9.69 in Stockholm.
While the time didn’t count due to an illegal +4.8 tailwind, it showed the potential for the superstar sprinter.
Only Bolt has run quicker.
There’s no doubt De Grasse has come a long way since missing the final of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games shapes as unfinished business for the 23-year-old.
“At Glasgow I didn’t make it out of the semi-finals,” De Grasse told News Corp .