OTTAWA – Andre De Grasse has decided to cut his season short for a second successive term after struggling to recover from a hamstring injury.
The Canadian triple Olympic medallist was forced to end his 2018 campaign after he re-aggravated a hamstring injury running the 200m at the National Championships over the weekend.
“This past Saturday while running the 200m semifinal at the Canadian Athletics Championships, Andre caught a cramp in his hamstring preventing him from finishing the race,” De Grasse manager Paul Doyle said in a statement.
“Sunday, MRI scans revealed a minor grade 1 strain in the Biceps Femoris. A minor injury, but enough to end what has been a rather tumultuous year for De Grasse.”
De Grasse, who was unable to take part in last summer’s IAAF World Championships due to a hamstring injury as well, had to push back the start of this season because of a different hamstring problem.
The 23-year-old will now focus on healing for next season and use the time to spend with the daughter.
He and his American girlfriend, Nia Ali, a two-time World Indoor 60m hurdles champion and Olympic silver medalist, became the parents of a daughter Yuri on in late June.
“I will heal quickly from this injury,” De Grasse said in the statement.
“I will go be with my daughter and focus on being a dad for the next few weeks as I heal, and I will plan to come back stronger than ever.”
He added: “2018 will always be the year I look back at fondly as the year my daughter came into the world.”
De Grasse ended his season with a 10.15 seconds season’s best for the 100m and 20.46 for the 200m.
He holds lifetime bests of 9.91 seconds in the 100 and 19.80 in the 200.