Canadian 200m record holder and 2016 Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse is reportedly leaving Stuart McMillan and Altis. The sprinter has worked with McMillan since 2015.
De Grasse had a disappointing summer on the track, 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.
De Grasse reportedly said in an email to The Canadian Press, “I felt like the time was right to make a change. Coach McMillan is a great coach and we had a lot of success together, but the past two years haven’t gone the way we hoped so we decided the best thing to do was make a change.”
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The sprinter has switched to coach Rana Reider who’s had huge success with his athletes in the sport. He has coached some of the best sprinters in the world like Dafne Schippers and Christian Taylor, both are former world champions and Olympic medallists. Reider is tough, but that’s how he gets results. He told The Telegraph back in 2017, “I don’t really know why they move here. To run fast or jump far I guess. They’re not here for my personality.” De Grasse will train out of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville.