Competing at his first ever IAAF World Championships in 2015, Andre De Grasse tied for the bronze medal in the 100m, making him Canada’s first world medallist in the event since 1999. De Grasse ran sub-10 seconds in all three rounds of competition. He was also part of the 4x100m relay team that won world bronze. That came on the heels of his double gold performance at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto, where he swept the 100m and 200m events. De Grasse had made headlines across Canada and the United States when he won the 100m and 200m in a span of 45 minutes at the NCAA Championships in June 2015. He had blistering fast times in both, running 9.75 seconds in the 100m and 19.58 seconds in the 200m, although they were wind-aided and do not count towards any official rankings or records. The wins capped a great first season racing for the USC Trojans, after transferring as a junior from Coffeyville Community College. On May 17 he had become the first Canadian since Bruny Surin in 1999 to run a sub-10-second 100m, recording a personal best of 9.97 seconds to win the Pac-12 Championship. That same weekend, he broke the Canadian 200m record, running 20.03 seconds. De Grasse had finished second in the 100m and fourth in the 200m at the 2014 Canadian Championships. He was a double medallist at the 2013 Pan American Junior Championships, capturing 100m silver and 200m bronze after being crowned Canadian junior champion in both distances.
Family: Parents Alex Waithe and Beverley De Grasse… Siblings Julian Waithe, Alexandra Waithe, Dantee Waithe… Getting into the Sport: Started running track seriously at age 17 after coach Tony Sharpe saw his potential to be great in the sport at a high school meet… Stuck with it as he saw positive results and earned a scholarship… Outside Interests: Studying Sociology at the University of Southern California… Odds and Ends: Role model is coach Tony Sharpe who helped him earn a university scholarship and turned around his life in a positive way… Favourite motto: “Never let your successes go to your head. Never let your failures go to your heart”…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
PAG: 2015 – GOLD (100m), GOLD (200m), DQ (4x100m relay)
CWG: 2014 – 5th in SF (200m), DNF (4x100m relay)
IAAF WCh: 2015 – BRONZE (100m), BRONZE (4x100m relay)
PAC (junior): 2013 – SILVER (100m), BRONZE (200m)