World Athletics Championships: Injury Ends Canada’s Andre de Grasse Dreams Of Stopping Usain Bolt

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 14: Usain Bolt of Jamaica and Andre De Grasse of Canada compete in the Men's 100 meter semifinal on Day 9 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Canadian athlete, Andre de Grasse’s dreams of stopping world champion, Usain Bolt, have been abruptly ended by a hamstring injury.

De Grasse, widely regarded as one of Usain Bolt’s prominent rival, finished second behind Bolt in the 200m and third in 100m at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Announcing the injury, De Grasse said: “Injuries are a part of the sport, and the timing of this one is especially unfortunate,”

“The entire year this 100m race in London was my focus. I am really in the best shape of my life and was looking forward to competing against the best in the world. To not have this opportunity is unimaginable to me but it is the reality I am now faced with.”

The 22-year-old’s sad circumstances were further explained by his manager, Paul Doyle, who says: “We tried to do everything we could to have him ready but he’s just not going to be ready.”

“Further MRI results today showed it’s probably going to be another four to six weeks before he’s fully recovered.”

“So, unfortunately, he’s out of the 100m, 200m and the relay and done for the season.”