Andre De Grasse has arrived. The 20-year-old Canadian tied for the bronze medal in his first appearance at a IAAF World Championships in Beijing on Sunday, running a personal best time of 9.92.
De Grasse won gold in the 100 and 200 meter sprints at the Pan Am Games in Toronto last month, but did not face top-level competition like he did this week in Beijing. Usain Bolt (9.79) defended his title as the world’s fastest man, claiming gold, finishing just ahead of American Justin Gatlin (9.80).
Truly blessed to have this experience… Unreal#NothingPersonal
— Andre De Grasse (@De6rasse) August 23, 2015
Toronto’s Aaron Brown ran the 17th fastest time (10.15), which should bode well for Canada’s 4 x 100 meter relay team.
The future looks bright for Canada in the most high profile event in track and field. De Grasse was the second youngest sprinter in the 100 meter final and is the first Canadian sprinter to run under 10 seconds since Donovan Bailey and Bruny Surin in the 90s.