Canadian sprinter De Grasse done for season with hamstring injury

OTTAWA -- Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse will not race again this season after suffering a right hamstring strain.

De Grasse suffered the injury while competing in the 200 metre semifinal Saturday at the Canadian track and field championships, causing him to slow to a walk over the final 30 metres of the race.

According to a statement from Brian Levine, who is De Grasse's brand manager with Toronto-based Envision Sports & Entertainment, the sprinter had an MRI on Sunday that revealed a grade 1 strain in his right hamstring.

The injury ends a tumultuous season for De Grasse, who also suffered a more serious right hamstring strain while training for the 2017 world championships in London.

The three-time Olympic medallist had a late start to the season because of the injury but looked solid on his road to recovery.

He placed third in Friday's night 100 metres in 10.20 seconds and looked like a threat to reach the podium in the 200 before his latest setback.

The injury means De Grasse will not be able to compete at the upcoming North American, Central American and Caribbean championships in Toronto, where he said he was looking forward to racing in front of a hometown crowd.

It's been a happier year off the track for De Grasse, who became a dad last month when his girlfriend gave birth to a baby girl.