Andrea De Grasse once again delivered a strong message across the globe in Rio Olympics. Apart from Usain Bolt, who is at next level than other athletics, Andrea proved he’s the second fastest man at Rio Olympics.
Andre De Grasse: A Future Star!
Andre De Grasse introduced himself onto the world stage in 2015 with gold medals in the 100 meters and 200 meters at the Pan Am Games along with bronze in the 100 at the world championships.
It’s been only four years since De Grasse has taken this sport with tons of raw talent. But hard work always pays off. De Grasse has continued his rise in world stage with a bronze medal in the 100 meters and 4×100 m relay at the Rio Games along with a silver medal on Thursday night’s 200-metre final. American Trayvon Bromell, who finished eighth in the 100, is the only athlete younger than the 21-year-old De Grasse in both 100 meters and 200-meter finals.
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt proved he is still the king of the 100 meters with his gold medal on Sunday and again a gold in 200 meters finals, but De Grasse wasn’t that bad in finals with securing silver in 200 — he set the Canadian record in Wednesday night’s semifinal.
So what makes the young Canadian so fast? Well at least we can say, he took the central stage with a bang! Bolt's Jamaican fellow Yohan Blake finished fourth in the same 100m event.
Challenging Bolt, again? 200-meter race in Rio!
It was a pure foot race with more serious intentions, with world’s best runners and the result of a damp track and a -0.5 m/s head wind.
And it was clearly Bolt in the limelight, while some were generating ideas that the 21-year-old Canadian might have had of beating the king.
There was some anticipation that had built around the final, rising star De Grasse's unorthodox challenge of Bolt in their Wednesday semifinal. They grilled at each other as they ran across the finish line in that race, Bolt winning with a margin and De Grasse in a Canadian record 19.80.
"Yesterday I felt so good, ran a personal best, and today I felt pretty good in my warm-up and I tried to execute the best way I know how and I just came up a little bit short,"
"I was ready to try to challenge [Bolt] and he just ran away from me and I couldn't catch him. It is what it is."
These sentiments were echoed by De Grasse's coach Stuart McMillan telling CBC News-
"It's his first Olympic Games and he's now got two medals. How can he not be happy and satisfied with that? But he had a good opportunity to beat Bolt and to win."
He also added that he told De Grasse to challenge Bolt in their semifinal.
"I know that's why he came. He thought he could win the 100 and the 200. I know he'll be disappointed. And I think deep down I'm probably a little more disappointed than happy."
Caption: Andre De Grasse and Usain Bolt win the medals at the Rio Olympics.
Net Worth? Deals?
Although an exact figure of his net worth is unknown, after turning pro in December 2015, De Grasse signed an $11.25 million endorsement deal with Puma being most lucrative initial contract ever. Apart from the deal, his bonuses can lead it to $30 million.
Girlfriend and Dating? Motivation?
There is no information about his dating history nor his girlfriend. But De Grasse believes whatever he has achieved today is all courtesy of his mother, Beverly De Grasse.
“You know, without her, I don’t know if I would even be so motivated to do this sport. She’s given me a lot of motivation.”
Beating Usain Bolt?
For Canadian sprinter champion Andre De Grasse, it's the 200-metre final in Rio that still really stings.It's Been more than nine months since the Olympic Games in Rio, where De Grasse burst into the world's sight. His three medals that include silver and two bronze is the most won by any Canadian sprinter at a single Olympics in an event.
But still, De Grasse thinks about what might have been and watches the races from Rio often. De Grasse told CBC Sports:
"I think about 10 times, especially the 200-metre final. I've watched that a lot because that's the one I felt I could have won, So I keep watching it to see what I did wrong, what mistakes I made so I can learn for the future."
The man who beat De Grasse in both the 100m and 200m finals was, of course, world-renowned Jamaican sprinting legend Usain Bolt.
The two sprinter captivated the world media with their "bromance" — Bolt embracing the up-and-coming De Grasse in what was one of the biggest stories of the Games.
De Grasse added,
"Usain is one hell of an athlete and in order for me to be considered one of the best I've got to beat him. So I have to continue to work hard, stay motivated, stay focused, It's his last world championships and it's going to be tough, but I have to try and spoil his parade."
Andre De Grasse's Short Bio:
Born November 10, 1994, Andre De Grasse is a Canadian-Trinidad Tobagonian sprinter. His parents, especially dad moved to Canada as a teenager. De Grasse started his racing career while he was in Grade 11. He started his first race wearing basketball shorts and Converse shoes and using no starting blocks, and he won his first 100m race with a time of 11 seconds.
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