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Andre de Grasse Street unveiled in Markham, Ont.

Injured sprinter humbled by the honour of having a street named after him

Several hundred people, along with local mayor Frank Scarpitti and media personality Tyrone Edwards, gathered along Enterprise Boulevard in Markham, Ont. yesterday to watch as new street signs were unveiled honouring Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse.

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De Grasse’s partner, Nia Ali, was present, as was his mother, Beverly, and his baby daughter, Yuri, born June 22. De Grasse grew up in Markham, attending Milliken Mills High School. He said he never imagined in his wildest dreams being honoured with having a street named after him in the place he grew up.

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De Grasse has been sidelined with an injury since the national championships in Ottawa in July. He plans to be back in action for the 2019 world championships in Doha and the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.