Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse will miss the upcoming world championships due to a hamstring injury.
The injury is a big blow to the Canadian team who was relying on De Grasse for medals at the worlds. He was a medal threat in both the 100 and 200 metres and also served as the anchor on Canada’s 4×100 relay team.
The 22-year-old from Markham, Ont., was due to race against Usain Bolt in the 100 metre final at London Olympic Stadium. Bolt, an 11-time world champion, plans to retire after the race.
De Grasse was supposed to open the worlds with the 100 heats on Friday before the final on Saturday.
De Grasse has had a strong season in the Diamond League and was atop the standings in both the 100 and 200 events.
De Grasse is a three-time Olympic medallist and two-time world medallist.