It is a huge honor to be considered the world’s fastest man. No one runner has been able to compete on the level of Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt nor American sprinter Justin Gatlin since their debuts in the Olympics some ten years ago … until now.
USC junior sprinter Andre De Grasse thinks he can be the next big sensation in the world of Olympic sprinting. And as Ric Flair says “To be the man, you got to beat the man.”
“I feel like I can be competitive with these guys,” the Canadian De Grasse said, via the Canadian Press. “I’ve just got to put my mind to it and feel confident that I can go out there and beat these guys. I can’t be afraid of them just because they are gold medalists. I have to go out there and try to make a name for myself as well.”
De Grasse went out and showed exactly why he could compete with the likes of Bolt and Gatlin at the NCAA Championships last Friday. He ran a near-world record 9.75 in the 100m and a 19.58 in the 200m something that was called “the best sprint double in history” by NBC Olympics analyst Ato Boldon.
Both videos of the races are below and they are extremely impressive.
Only five men have ran the 100m faster than what De Grasse ran at the championships, including Bolt and Gatlin. Only four have ran the 200m faster. To be in the top six in two different categories makes it almost seemingly impossible for De Grasse not to be at the Summer Olympics in 2016.
Look out world, there’s a new sensation on the rise and he’s leaving everyone in his dust faster than Freddie Mercury did at a Queen concert.
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