Andre de Grasse is a Canadian Olympic sprinter that hails from Scarborough Ontario. He is known for his participation in the 100 m and 4 x 100 m relay. In a premier event like the 100 m it’s tough to be a champion next to reigning legend Usain Bolt, De Grasse is one of the few people marked as the next fastest man in the world for his prowess at the Olympics and his close finish next to Bolt.
De Grasse currently holds the record as the Pan-American champion in 100 and 200 m and he is the current Canadian recordholder for the 200 m dash. De Grasse also holds the title of the first Canadian sprinter to take home three medals in one Olympics. Donovan Bailey and Percy Williams were the last people to take home multiple medals in a single Olympics in sprinting in 1996.
De Grasse comes from an athletic family with his mother training as a high school sprinter in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to Canada 26. His father moved as a teenager to Canada from Barbados.
De Grasse was raised in Markham Ontario and started his racing career in grade 11. With nothing more than a pair of Converse Chuck Taylors and basketball shots and no starting blocks he was able to secure a time of 10.9 seconds to earn second place in his first 100 m race. His first coach recognized his potential and he was asked to attend the CoffeyVille community college as well as USC for track.
As an amateur sprinter he was able to break 10 seconds in a Pac-12 championship in 2015. He has a recorded 9.75 100 m time in the NCAA championships. During his professional career however he was able to clock 200 m times at 19.88, and a 100 m time at 9.92 just one millisecond behind Bolt.
Andre De Grasse has an exciting future career path in sprinting as an Olympic athlete and world competitor.