Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Sprint Star Andre De Grasse Pondering Options Ahead of Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canadian Sprint Star Andre De Grasse Pondering Options Ahead of Season

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Sprint star De Grasse pondering options

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TORONTO - Heading into an important season, Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse is weighing his options.

The 24-year-old from Markham, Ont., is coming off back-to-back seasons that ended with hamstring injuries. He hasn't resumed full training yet, and doesn't sound completely sure of where that will be when he does.

"I have some options in mind, still talking to figure out what the best scenario is moving forward," said De Grasse. "Right now it's just trying to wrap my mind around that, get some advice from certain people, use my own knowledge, and put that altogether to have a successful year next year."

De Grasse has trained with coach Stu McMillan and the Phoenix-based Altis club since he turned pro in 2015.

The three-time Olympic medallist missed the 2017 world championships with a hamstring injury. That injury and a bout of mononucleosis made for a late start to the 2018 season, but he was running well in the 200 heats at the Canadian championships in July when he slowed to a walk with 30 metres to go. His second right hamstring injury cost him the rest of the season.

Looking back, De Grasse believes the Canadian championships schedule played a part. He'd raced to bronze in the 100 metres the previous night, and had a quick turnaround before the 200 heats the next afternoon.

"I think when I look back at last season, I just didn't get a chance to really train as much because I had mono and a bunch of other things going on, and to go back-to-back at the Canadian trials . . . I had actually never done that before," he said. "Usually at competitions you get a day off or you get a good 12 hours, so with all that going in with training, my body just didn't have a chance to recover.

"And that's normal in sprinters, and I couldn't really beat myself up over that. It just wasn't a strategic move to run the 100 and then run the 200 with all that was going on with my training last season. …

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