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Fourth-place finish for De Grasse in 100m at Drake Relays

Sprinter returns to competition strong after being sidelined with hamstring injury

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Canada’s Andre De Grasse was back in competition yesterday in the elite men’s 100m at Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, finishing in fourth place, with a time of 10.15 seconds. Isiah Young was first, in 10.02, Mike Rodgers second (10.03), and C.J. Ujah third (10.13).

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De Grasse was reportedly satisfied with this first showing since tearing a hamstring last summer, claiming it was his fastest ever season opener. He was forced to withdraw just before the World Championships in London in August, and did not feel sufficiently recovered to go to the Commonwealth Games last month. De Grasse reports expecting to better his times with each successive race as the season gets underway.

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This was De Grasse’s first time competing at Drake Relays. The sprinter from Markham, Ont. won bronze in the 100m at the Rio Olympics in 2016, setting a PB with 9.91 seconds, plus two other medals on the track (silver in the 200m and bronze in the 4x100m relay).

De Grasse’s next race will be the 200m at Doha Diamond League on May 4. Then on May 12, he will race the 100m again at Shanghai Diamond League, where he will likely face U.S. rivals Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman.