Canada’s Aaron Brown is through to Saturday night’s 100-metre final, while six-time Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse failed to make it out of the semifinals at the world athletics championships in Eugene, Ore.
De Grasse finished fifth in his semifinal heat in a time of 10.21.
The 27-year-old from Markham, Ont., had been suffering from a number of symptoms while recovering from testing positive for COVID-19 just two weeks ago, including shortness of breath.
It forced him to miss nationals in Langley, B.C.
“I didn’t have it today. [I’m] grateful to be back out here in front of this amazing crowd, my family and friends. It’s alright. It’s been a challenging season. I’ll take it. I made it to the semifinals,” De Grasse told CBC Sports.
When asked about whether or not he has enough time to recover ahead of the men’s 200m, to defend his Olympic gold in the event, he certainly sounded as if he’ll be sitting it out.
However, it does sound as though he still plans to compete in the men’s 4x100m relay event at the end of worlds.
“I definitely don’t want to let my team down. I’ll be there for them,” he said.
De Grasse’s remarkable medal streak comes to an end — dating back to his world championship debut in 2015 where he won bronze in the 100m. De Grasse has entered seven individual events at the worlds or Olympics and reached the podium in every single one of them.
Brown will now have a short turnaround ahead of the final, scheduled for 10:50pm ET.
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