Three-time Olympic medalist behind Usain Bolt and now Canadian sprinter De Grasse takes Canda’s hope to a podium
Andre De Grasse is one of Canada’s highest medal hopefuls at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He won the silver medal in the 200 meters and the bronze medal in the 100-meter and 4×100-meter relay events at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. The Canadian before the Tokyo 2020 Olympics shared his 2016 Incident with Usain Bolt.
During the 200-meter semi-final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, he faced Usain Bolt. With 50 meters remaining to the finish line, the quick Bolt slowed as he led and looked for a comfortable victory. But the 21-year-old Canadian suddenly appeared alongside Bolt. He forced the Jamaican to try harder in the later stages to win the race. The two shared a look during the last 10 meters of the race. After the finish line, the players shared a cheeky smile.
Talking to Betway InsiderAndre De Grasse said: “We didn’t expect to see Usain Bolt in the semi-finals. My coach had a strategy: ‘You’re going to have to make him run. We have to make him work, we can’t make it that easy for him ”.
He further added: “I ran a good, hard 150 meters, looked next to me and said, ‘Okay, he’s starting to slow down and I’m close to him. It really was just me going out to have fun and trying to do my best. “
De Grasse is now 26 years old and one of the favorites to win the gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A Canadian’s skill can be weighed against the fact that he is being compared to veteran Usain Bolt. He currently holds the Canadian record 200 meters of 19.80 seconds.
In 2019, he won a silver medal in 200 meters and a bronze medal in 100 meters at the 2019 World Championships held in Doha. She trains in the United States of America with her partner Nia Ali, world champion of 100m hurdles.
De Grasse is confident and relaxed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He said: “I know the whole country has high expectations of me. The people of my country always believed in me. “
“I will come out with pride and do my best. My goal is to make myself, my family and my country proud. It is a great feeling to run for your country and represent it in the Olympic Games ”. The three-time Olympic Games medalist will begin his Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games campaign on August 31, 2021.