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Canadian sprinter De Grasse out of World Championships

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Canadian Sprinter Andre De Grasse suffered a second grade hamstring strain and will miss the August 4-13 IAAF World Athletics Championships in London, England.

De Grasse’s team, Doyle Management, issued a stated, stating the athlete is utterly devastated.

“It is with great sadness that Doyle Management announces that Andre will be pulling out of these Championships and ending his 2017 track season. To say he is devastated is an understatement,” the company stated in a media release issued late this evening.

"The entire year this 100m race in London was my focus,” added De Grasse, 22. “I am really in the best shape of my life and was looking forward to competing against the best in the world.

“To not have this opportunity is unimaginable to me but it is the reality I am now faced with. I am sad to miss this chance but I am young and with treatment and rehabilitation I will be back and better than ever in the near future.”

De Grasse, who ran a wind-aided 9.69 seconds earlier this year in 100m, was touted as one of the main challengers to Usain Bolt for the 100m crown. He won bronze in the 100m and silver in the 200m at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Instead Bolt, the fastest man ever in the 100m and 200m sprints, will have one less rival to worry about when the 100m heats get underway on Friday.

De Grasse, according to Doyle Management, picked up the injury on Monday while training at the Mile End Stadium with initial scans diagnosing the athlete with a “hamstring strain affecting the long head of the biceps femoris”.

“The next day he flew to Munich to meet with Dr. Muller Wolfhart for further advice and potential treatment. Dr. Wolfhart diagnosed a grade II hamstring strain, and ruled out the possibility of Andre competing in The World Championships 2017 in London,” the athlete’s agent stated.

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