By Brian Pound
The sold out crowd at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic at Coquitlam’s Percy Perry Stadium June 28 are in for a double treat.
Canadian sprint sensation Andre De Grasse has announced Monday will compete in both the 100 and 200 metre races at the meet.
De Grasse comes into the meet off a sizzling 9.69 wind-aided 100-metres win at the Stockholm Diamond League meet on the weekend. It is the third fastest 100-metres on record, but unofficial, of course, because of the non-allowable following wind (4.8m).
Doug Clement, Chair of the Achilles Track Society said, "Coach, Stu McMillan of Altis, announced today that Andre will double up at the Jerome Track Classic to prepare for the World Championships. I hope our track fans bring warm weather and a following wind to this fast Mondo track at Percy Perry Stadium"
De Grasse, unbeaten in his last three Diamond League races, is fast closing in on the Canadian 100-metre record of 9.84. currently co-owned by Donovan Bailey and Bruny Surin. Bailey also holds the Jerome meet mark of 9.9 seconds. De Grasse set the national 200-metre record of 19.90 seconds in finishing second at last year’s Rio Olympics.
The Jerome 200-metre record is 20.19 set by American Wallace Spearman in 2013.
The men’s 100-metre race at the Jerome is set for 7:52p.m. while the 200-metres will be run at 9:02 p.m.
The Jerome meet sets up De Grasse for the national championships in Ottawa June 3-9 and the World Athletic Championships in London in August.
The meet is a complete sell-out and no tickets will be sold at the gate.
Track fans who were unable to purchase a ticket to the Jerome Track Classic, can still catch all the exciting action by tuning into www.athleticscanada.tv to watch live-streaming of the meet.
Doug Clement (Achilles Chair) 604-261-6220
Brian Pound (Media Relations) 604-438-9332