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• Canadian De Grasse seeks to lay down marker

De Grasse has been deprived of the chance to match himself against the world's current fastest man, Christian Coleman, who has run 9.81sec this year.

The American has withdrawn from Sunday's meeting offering the opaque explanation that he cannot compete as "a result of complications occurring after practice this week".

De Grasse, though, is delighted to be back and injury and illness free. 

A torn hamstring cost him appearances at the 2017 world championships in London - Bolt's farewell on the big stage - and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

He suffered a bout of glandular fever last summer and has had to sit by and watch Coleman, who also ran the fastest 100m last year, steal the limelight and take over the heavy mantle.

"I know it's going to take a while to be back where I was and start running personal bests, but I'm happy with my consistency and I know that when it's time for me to peak for the World Championships the times will come," he said.

"The World Championships are late this year, so by then I should be in great form.

"By then I should be able to compete very well in the 100m and 200m because I plan to do both."


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