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De Grasse will soon occupy the throne of Bolt

De Grasse will soon occupy the throne of Bolt

Posted by PanamericanWorld on August 16, 2016

“Bromance” is probably the wrong term.

Olympic champion Usain Bolt and bronze medallist Andre De Grasse are competitors, highly respectful of one another’s talent, and always put on a great show for fans. While talent binds them, pop culture however, favours simplistic buzzwords, so bear with the headline and let’s get to some great images of these two superstars basking in Olympic glory.

The semifinal

Jamaica's Usain Bolt, centre, Canada's Andre De Grasse, right, and Britain's Chijindu Ujah compete in a men's 100-meter semifinal during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt, left, looks to Canada's Andre De Grasse after crossing the line during a men's 100-meter semifinal during the athletics competitions in the Olympic stadium of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Andre DeGrasse after finishing the 100m semi-final (COC photo/ Mark Blinch)
Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse at the end of their 100m semifinal race on August 14, 2016.

 

After the two runners finished 1-2 in their semifinal heat, their mutual admiration that’s been building since last year’s world championships, became apparent at Rio 2016. Bolt looked over to his sprint heir apparent at the finish line and grinned, as if to say “not yet.” De Grasse extended his right arm, acknowledging the legend’s undeniable ability, Bolt reciprocated with a tap on the Canadian’s back.

“He motivates me,” De Grasse said about their give-and-take on the track. “Like in the semifinal, you know he just kicked into a next gear and I tried to go with him a little bit, and then I was like ‘wait it’s the semifinals why am I even trying to chase him right now?’

The Final

Andre De Grasse, Usain Bolt, Rio 2016, 100m, final, bronze, Olympics, Canada
Andre De Grasse, Usain Bolt, Rio 2016, 100m, final, bronze, Olympics, Canada
Andre De Grasse, Usain Bolt, Rio 2016, 100m, final, bronze, Olympics, Canada
Jamaica's Usain Bolt celebrates as he crosses the line to win gold in the men's 100-meter final with Canada's Andre de Grasse during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Andre De Grasse, Usain Bolt, Rio 2016, 100m, final, bronze, Olympics, Canada
Andre De Grasse, Usain Bolt, Rio 2016, 100m, final, bronze, Olympics, Canada

 

While De Grasse was wise to leave something in the tank for the final, catching Bolt in a major competition proved elusive again for the 21-year-old Canadian – as it has for every sprinter on the planet. In the moment before the finish line where most runners lean in to edge the field, the Jamaican was fully upright, pounding his chest and celebrating becoming the first-ever three-time Olympic 100 metre champion.

“It’s going to be tough,” De Grasse said about going after Bolt’s records. “Its going to be a challenge. My body knows what it feels like to run 9.7, I felt like I had a 9.8 in me today, but its all about executing on the right day and I’m still young. So I feel like it’s going to be a while and it’s going to be tough to break the barrier (to) 9.5 but I’m going to try to do that.”

Bolt’s world record is 9.58 seconds, on Sunday he won in 9.81, while De Grasse had a new personal best of 9.91 but has run a wind-aided 9.75 in the past.

The Celebration

Andre De Grasse, Usain Bolt, Rio 2016, 100m, final, bronze, Olympics, Canada
Andre De Grasse, Usain Bolt, Rio 2016, 100m, final, bronze, Olympics, Canada
Canada's Andre De Grasse, left, and Jamaica's Usain Bolt share a moment after racing in the men's 100-metre final during the athletics competition at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Sunday, August 14, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada's Andre De Grasse congratulates Jamaica's Usain Bolt after he won the gold medal in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics competitions in the Olympic stadium of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Jamaica's Usain Bolt embraces Canada's Andre De Grasse after they won gold and bronze respectively in the men's 100-meter final during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

 

While second place finisher American Justin Gatlin came between Bolt and De Grasse on the medal table Sunday, there was no separating the ecstatic Jamaican and his Canadian protégé once they both secured their Olympic hardware (it was Bolt’s seventh gold, he doesn’t own any Olympic medals of another colour, probably wouldn’t know what to do with it if he did).

His 30th birthday coming fittingly on the day of the Closing Ceremony in Rio – which he admits is his last Olympic Games – Bolt seems ready to pass the baton (pun painfully intended) to De Grasse. The Canadian though, refuses to get ahead of himself.

Andre De Grasse (left) and Usain Bolt after their 100m final race at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016.

Andre De Grasse (left) and Usain Bolt after their 100m final race at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016.

 

“Yeah he has (talked about it) but I don’t listen to what he says he’s always joking around,” De Grasse said when asked if Bolt discusses succeeding him on the world’s stage. “For me I don’t really pay attention when it come to that. I like to talk about other things. We joked a lot in the call room, on the track, it kind of felt like it was fun, not too serious when you’ve got a guy like him.”

While De Grasse downplayed the talk of being ‘next,’ Bolt was unrelenting in his praise, saying that the Canadian “runs like me,” referring to both sprinters’ slow starts and phenomenal closing speed. There can definitively be no greater compliment than the fastest man in history saying those words to a sprinter.

So, is it a bromance? Who cares. Shut up and watch them hug.

Usain Bolt (left) and Andre De Grasse hug after their respective gold and bronze medal finishes at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016.

Usain Bolt (left) and Andre De Grasse hug after their respective gold and bronze medal finishes at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016.

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