Andre De Grasse made his 2017 debut in Gainesville, Florida last Saturday as he ran on both of Canada’s 4x100m and 4x200m relay teams that won the Florida Relays and lead the world lists this early outdoor season. Almost certainly, Canada’s times of 38.15 and 1:19.91 will be displaced at the World Relays Championships set for Nassau, Bahamas on April 22 and 23. This event will qualify the top 8 teams in the 4x100m and 4x400m to compete in the World Championships in London on August 4-13. Athletics Canada has yet to announce their team for Nassau but this group seems certain.
Andre De Grasse anchored Canada to a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay in a Canadian record of 37.64 at the Rio Olympics. In Nassau, the Canadian team will face strong competition from the Jamaica, USA, Japan, Great Britain and China.
Andre will compete in Canada on June 28th at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam at the 34th Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic. He clearly has the target of improving the meet record held by 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Donovan Bailey of 9.99 in the 100m set 20 years ago. The triple sprint medalist in the 2016 Rio Olympics will compete only twice in Canada this year, at the Jerome Classic and the Canadian Championships in Ottawa, July 6-9. Tickets for the Jerome Classic are moving very fast. Online purchase here