Andre De Grasse will be facing off against the world’s fastest man on Sunday night when he competes in the Men’s 100 at 8 p.m. ET.
Usain Bolt is the world record holder and both he and De Grasse qualified for the Olympic men’s 100-metre semifinals with an outstanding performance cruising into the finals.
The 21-year-old De Grasse from Markham, Ontario made a statement before tonight’s race:
“I’m not going to wait until 2020; I’m going to do it now!”
De Grasse feels he can indeed top Bolt after he finished first in his heat with a time of 10.04 seconds on Saturday. He is making his Olympic debut and now he prepares for perhaps his biggest moment yet after advancing into the next round.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica is the two-time defending Olympic champion and is looking to win his third consecutive gold medal in the Men’s 100 at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio.
Also competing in the race is Justin Gatlin (USA), Yohan Blake (Jamaica), Ask Cambridge (Japan), Jahvid Best (Saint Lucia), Kim Collins (Saint Kitts & Nevis), Kemarley Brown (Bahrain), Xie Zhenye (China) and Canadian Akeem Haynes of Calgary.