“I had to climb the stairs and I was out of breath” – Andre De Grasse | World Athletics Championships 2022

Andre De Grasse recently returned to full training after a second bout of COVID-19 disrupted a season that was finally gaining momentum.

He mentioned that he was suffering from symptoms including shortness of breath. The moment was frustrating as he regained his form after suffering a foot injury earlier in the season.

I slept on the second floor so I had to climb the stairs and was out of breath. That’s how I felt for the first two days. And even when I was back in training and trying to run, just trying to catch my breath, it really hurt a little bit. I panicked a bit. »

A quote from André de Grasse

The 27-year-old Ontario sprinter from Markham was slowed down early in the season with an injury affecting his right big toe and the ball of his foot.

With the World Championships scheduled for the start of the season, he raced first to assess where he was in his preparation knowing he hadn’t practiced enough to be at 100%. At the end of May he finished 9th at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene.

Less than three weeks later, he won the Diamond League in Oslo in front of a strong field with his best time of the season (10.05 s). He then tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced to withdraw from the Canadian Championships.

Andre De Grasse was just clipped at the finish line.

Photo: dpa via getty images / STEFAN WERMUTH

De Grasse spent three days in bed and isolating from partner Nia Ali, who had her own US trials for worlds.

I was pretty depressed, he admitted. And the first week of training, when I came back, I wasn’t feeling well. lungs, labored breathing. It takes a lot to recover. I had a cough, tiredness, things like that.

De Grasse plans to compete in the 100 and 200 and 4 x 100 m, as in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. He has won medals in every event, making him the men’s Olympic athlete in the sports in the country. He also rode all three at the 2019 World Championships.

The schedule makes it a grueling 10 days as there are three laps for the 100m and 200m. He will start the competition with the first round of the 100m on July 15th.

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One day at a time

US testing last month at the same track at Hayward Field that hosts the World Championships resulted in some incredible lap times. Fred Kerley won the 100m in 9.77 seconds in a final where all competitors broke the 10-second mark.

Athletics Canada head coach Glenroy Gilbert believes de Grasse’s ability to perform at high stakes will help him in Eugene.

Andre isn’t the type to need a lot of practice, Gilbert said. He’s competitive. We know it. And as long as he has confidence in the work he’s done to get to Eugene – and he’s fast at this track (from Hayward Field) it’s important to remember that – I think he’s fine becomes. .

De Grasse feels at least mentally well prepared for major international competitions.

I have experience that I can use to my advantage. I’m used to the pressure of these big eventshe said.

De Grasse and Ali will compete in their third world together, a remarkable achievement for Ali, who is a mother of three. The American, a three-time world 100m hurdles champion, has a son Titus, and she and De Grasse have a daughter Yuri and a son Kenzo, who were born in May 2021.

She herself has struggled a bit this year trying to come back, De Grasse added. I saw (the American trials) on TV. It’s great to see her there again.

The couple will have all three children with them in Eugene, along with their two mothers to care for the three.

Meanwhile, De Grasse said his training is improving every day.

I have two weeks, one day at a time, 1% every day. I recharge my batteries, the training is going well.

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