THE CANADIAN PRESS
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse will not race again this season after suffering a right-hamstring strain.
De Grasse suffered the injury while competing in the 200-metre semi-final on Saturday at the Canadian track and field championships.
According to a statement from Brian Levine, who is De Grasse's brand manager, the sprinter had an MRI on Sunday that revealed a Grade 1 strain in his right hamstring.
While the injury is not considered serious, De Grasse's camp felt it best to shut the sprinter down for the remainder of a quiet season with no major championships. The track-and-field schedule gets far busier over the next three years with world championships in 2019 and 2021, as well as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
"I never want to hit the track and put out a performance that is less than my best, but if it has to happen, this is the year for it to happen," De Grasse said in the statement.
The three-time Olympic medalist had a late start to the season after suffering a more serious right-hamstring strain while training for the 2017 world championships in London. He looked solid on his road to recovery at the Canadian championships, placing third in Friday night's 100 metres in 10.20 seconds. He was considered a threat to reach the podium in the 200 metres before his latest setback.
The injury means De Grasse will not be able to compete at the upcoming North American, Central American and Caribbean championships in Toronto.