Canadian Andre De Grasse didn’t disappoint in his first ever professional race winning the men’s 60m dash at the Millrose Games in New York City on Saturday. The Toronto native signed with Puma in December.
The Millrose Games takes place at the Armory in New York City and is often considered the most prestigious event in indoor track and field.
The two-time NCAA champion and two-time world championships bronze medallist, De Grasse stumbled out of the blocks but looked smooth following the hiccup to out-lean Su Bingtian at the line. Bingtian finished second in 6.62.
Professional football player Marquise Goodwin, who plays for the Buffalo Bills, finished sixth in 6.68. He is a regular on the track and field circuit while football is in its off-season during the winter months.
The 21-year-old was popular with the media following Saturday afternoon’s race (see below tweet):
— RunBlogRun (@RunBlogRun) February 20, 2016
The Canadian made headlines earlier this year for signing a lucrative US$11.25 million deal with Puma as he decided to forgo his college eligibility and go professional. He trains in Phoenix with the ALTIS short sprint group.
The full footage of the 60m race can be found here courtesy of USATF.TV.