28 April, 2017

Oslo & Stockholm: De Grasse to Flourish in Scandinavian Midnight Sun

  • Andre de Grasse - Oslo 2016 - © Mark Shearman

Twenty two year old Andre De Grasse is the latest in a long line of brilliant Canadian sprinters and now stands on the verge of taking over the mantle of the No.1 sprinter in the world. History will refer to the likes of Harry Jerome, Donovan Bailey and of more recently Bruny Surin as phenomenal sprinters who represented Canada and there is no question that De Grasse is of the same calibre.

The native of Ontario will return to Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway for the Oslo Bislett Games (15 June). It will be De Grasse’s second visit to Oslo after winning the 100m at last year’s IAAF Diamond League event. The triple Olympic medallist will then make his Swedish debut at the “Bauhaus Galan” in Stockholm’s historic stadium on 18 June. Both meetings are part of the IAAF’s Diamond League season.  

De Grasse first came to notice on the US Collegiate circuit where he dominated the prestigious NCAA Championships representing the University of Southern California Trojans. Some of his winning times, albeit windy were amongst the quickest times ever recorded (9.75 in the 100m, 19.58 in the 200m) and gave a hint of his awesome potential.

At the 2015 Beijing World Championships, Andre De Grasse further demonstrated his precocious talent when he finished with a bronze medal in the 100m behind Usain Bolt. A year later at the Rio Olympic Games, he was a very busy athlete, winning two individual medals – bronze in the 100m and silver in the 200m – and also helping Canada to a further bronze medal in the 4x100m relay.

Over recent years the top sprinters have been powerful physical specimens like Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Justin Gatlin, however Andre De Grasse is a completely different physique. Almost slight in stature, but there can be no denying his acceleration nor his foot speed as displayed in the World Relay Championships in the Bahamas last weekend (22–23 April). His raw swiftness on the 3rd leg of the 4x200m relay virtually guaranteed Canada the Gold medal.

Oslo Bislett Games