Andre De Grasse ran an impressive 200m on Sunday at the Rabat Diamond League to take the win in a season’s best of 20.19. De Grasse is healthy and running consistently. With over three months to the World Championships in Doha, De Grasse is trending well.
De Grasse had a disappointing summer on the track in 2018, dealing with a hamstring injury that forced him to pull up in the 200m semi-final at the Canadian championships and call his season early. He also was unable to compete at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. His difficult 2018 season followed the sprinter’s withdrawal from the 2017 World Championships.
In the women’s results, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford ran another 1,500m personal best, finishing in 4:00.46–only 0.2 seconds off the current Canadian record held by Lynn Kanuka.
DeBues-Stafford has had a killer 2019. She’s run the Canadian indoor mile and 5,000m records, the outdoor 5,000m record and is targeting the Canadian 1,500m record. She’s come up just short in Rabat, and was also close a week ago in Rome, where she ran a 4:01.28.
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J’ai une bonne opportunité pour pratiquer mon français demain parce que je cours dans la Diamond League de Rabat! (Pardon my bad grammar😉) A 1500m 🥰 at 2:41PM EST tomorrow, Sunday June 16. CBC will be live-streaming! I would also like to dedicate my 1500m tomorrow to Gabriele Grunewald, who passed away earlier this week. If you are financially able to, please visit the link in my bio and donate to the @bravelikegabe foundation for rare cancer research. This is a cause that is close to my heart, as my mother also died of a rare cancer. I did not know Gabe well, but I am a big fan of hers, and I was incredibly drawn to her radiance and resilience. I was lucky enough to be in a couple of her races in 2017 and share a few conversations with her. We stood on the startline together during one race, and when the official called out my first name she turned to me and said, “We can share cheers!” It’s such a small gesture, but when somebody who you’re a big fan of says something so positive like that, it stays with you. My heart and love goes out to her family and friends. @justingrunewald1 thank you for sharing her last few days on Earth with us. #BraveLikeGabe #SleepWellBeast 📸: first photo @marathonworlditalia
Every time she gets on the track, DeBues-Stafford runs a personal best, so it’s only a matter of time until the first Canadian woman goes under 4:00.00 in the 1,500m.