Andre De Grasse stood shoulder to shoulder with Usain Bolt behind the starting blocks Sunday night, the Canadian in Lane 7, the Jamaican star in Lane 6, a good eight inches separating them in height.
They could have been big brother and little brother. The present and the future.
De Grasse raced to Olympic bronze in the 100 metres in his Olympic debut, giving Canada its first medal in the marquee event since 1996. Bolt won gold in 9.81, reviled American Justin Gatlin took silver in 9.89, and De Grasse finished in a personal best time of 9.91 seconds.
The 21-year-old from Markham, Ont., had talked a day earlier about possibly unseating the world’s greatest sprinter in Rio. It didn’t happen on this night. But in the moments after the race, a Canadian flag draped around his shoulders, De Grasse made it pretty clear: there will be a night.
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