From humble roots, track star’s path led through SEK

Olympic gold medalist once ran for Coffeyville in  jr. college ranks



August 10, 2021 - 8:06 AM

Canadian track star Andre De Grasse poses for a portrait at USC, where he attends school. (Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

TOKYO (AP) — Perhaps the world’s next sprint star wasn’t so hard to find after all.

He’s Andre De Grasse, the Canadian who ran his first sprint as a teen in baggy basketball shorts and borrowed spikes, and now has an Olympic gold medal in the 200 meters.

De Grasse powered past a pair of Americans — Kenny Bednarek and the favorite, Noah Lyles — to finish in 19.62 seconds last and take one of the titles that Usain Bolt had owned for the previous three Olympics.

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