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Athletics - Canada's De Grasse pulls out of Commonwealth Games

Posted 1 month ago

Photo Courtesy: Reuters

"I wouldn't want to go in there at any less than my best and for that reason we have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the games."

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  • anonymous Anonymous
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    Annon said 1 month ago

    I’ll bet he shows up at the big money competitions this summer. Obviously looking at the bottom line. Won’t need Canada’s help until the next Olympics.

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    sub49 said 1 month ago

    Quoting: Annon
    "I’ll bet he shows up at the big money competitions this summer. Obviously looking at the bottom line. Won’t need Canada’s help until the next Olympics."


    Well what other competitions do you expect one of the top sprinters in the world to run at? Is he supposed to run the southern Ontario twilight circuit or...?

    He's also stated he will compete at NACAC's in Toronto.

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

    Who else is reflecting on the fact that they gave an extra Commonwealth spot to 4x100m relay team that doesn't even meet the criteria anymore. He gets healthy, knows the dates, applies to be on the team and then withdraws? Sounds like predetermined plan to me....

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    sub49 said 1 month ago

    Quoting: Anonymous
    "Who else is reflecting on the fact that they gave an extra Commonwealth spot to 4x100m relay team that doesn't even meet the criteria anymore. He gets healthy, knows the dates, applies to be on the team and then withdraws? Sounds like predetermined plan to me...."


    100% agree on this...and they had to fudge the rankings to even get them to meet the criteria in the first place...

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

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    "100% agree on this...and they had to fudge the rankings to even get them to meet the criteria in the first place..."


    Exactly. The amount of resources thrown at the relay pool is incredible, especially when you consider it is for 1 available medal, and most of the athletes in said pool wouldn't qualify for support on their own.

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

    Sounds like a more serious injury to me...

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

    What a joke. Let's be serious, he never intended on doing Commonwealth but AC needed to name him so they can send their beloved relay.

    On another note, how is it acceptable to pull out of a meet in which you took up a (already highly hard to come by) spot when you're completely healthy? He just no longer feels like doing it? I don't care who you are. That's not cool, especially if it means someone else could have gone in his place had he not waited until the last second to make this decision.

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

    I think you guys are overthinking this. I'm sure he planned to go all along, but as the date is drawing nearer, and he's seeing how ready everyone else is, he's realized this won't be an easy win for him. In which case, why go to the commonwealth games to lose and be a stepping stone for someone else's brand?

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    Track stuff said 1 month ago

    NACAC is a joke compared to the commonwealth games. The Jamaicans and Americans are going to send their u20 team there

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

    Quoting: Track stuff
    "NACAC is a joke compared to the commonwealth games. The Jamaicans and Americans are going to send their u20 team there"


    Do you have a source for this or are you just making things up?

    With there being no Worlds or Olympics this year, NACAC is the biggest meet in the Area.

    Winners also get an automatic qualifying spot for 2019 Worlds, so further incentive for top athletes to attend.

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    sub49 said 1 month ago

    Quoting: Track stuff
    "NACAC is a joke compared to the commonwealth games. The Jamaicans and Americans are going to send their u20 team there"


    Agreed Commonwealth's is more prestigious at the moment but not convinced that NACAC's will be a joke this year. The date's have been intentionally aligned with the European Championship's (which are decently attended), and the event was purposefully moved to the off year so that it would coincide with other continent's area championships. With no global championship this summer, don't be surprised if some decent names show up.

    Also u20 teams will definitely not be sent, there's World U20s in Finland this summer, and USATF has already stated how their team is being selected....

    http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2018/NACAC-Senior-Area-Championships/Athlete-Selection-Procedures.aspx

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

    Decent amount of prize money too for NACAC for not having to travel far for most teams. Probably cheaper to travel to Toronto than to Europe.

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

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    "Exactly. The amount of resources thrown at the relay pool is incredible, especially when you consider it is for 1 available medal, and most of the athletes in said pool wouldn't qualify for support on their own."



    THIS!!! As a mainly field event coach there is NOTHING that drives me as nuts as the amount of time, money and effort put into a single medal for relays! Stop shortchanging all the other events and either pick from the existing pool of qualifiers, or make sure that you’re also supporting jumpers/throwers who are ranked whatever(60th?) in the world, because that’s essentially what your paid for “4th and 5th” in the Relay are. Oh wait, our Canadians who didn’t get to go are a lot higher than that? Say What??

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    Track stuff said 1 month ago

    fair, but Coleman, Gatlin, Powell, Bromel, Lyles and Blake are probably not going there. Pretty easy win for Andre the way I see it with there probably being no sub 10/20 second sprinters there beside him.

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

    He was healthy enough to play in the NBA celebrity All-Star game last month.

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    Runningman said 1 month ago

    Quoting: Track stuff
    "NACAC is a joke compared to the commonwealth games. The Jamaicans and Americans are going to send their u20 team there"



    Totally correct NACAC is a Mickey Mouse event. Hope you didn't buy tickets expecting to see the best Americans.

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

    It's not just physical health to look at; he's been off for a bit and hasn't competed since the summer.. He knows his mind isn't big competition sharp and wont have the races beforehand to get it sharp.. If you're not ready for the meet because you haven't been given the opportunity to get ready then it doesn't matter if you win or lose, you're disrespecting the rest of the competition and the event itself.

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    Obvious said 1 month ago

    Quoting: Track stuff
    "fair, but Coleman, Gatlin, Powell, Bromel, Lyles and Blake are probably not going there. "


    Do you have a source for this or are you just making it up?

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    sub49 said 1 month ago

    Quoting: Runningman
    "Totally correct NACAC is a Mickey Mouse event. Hope you didn't buy tickets expecting to see the best Americans."


    How can you say this when there has never been a NACAC Senior meet held that coincided with other continents area championships in a year where there is no major global meet. Obviously the 2015 edition was a joke because it was held in Central America weeks before Worlds in Beijing...this edition is held in one of the largest metropolitan centres in North America, with no top meets (Diamond League, etc.) competing against it. As mentioned earlier, the prize money is also very solid, especially for a North American event, where any professional track meet is hard to come by in the summer.

    I am by no means expecting every US elite to show up, but the quality of the US team will likely easily surpass that of the team they sent to Toronto for 2015 Pan-Ams, and this is probably the most high-level track meet Canada will host over the next couple of years.

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    NatD said 1 month ago

    I can totally see why Andre would pull out. He hasn't raced since last summer and he'd have to run a prelim 200m on Tues., semi on Wed. and final on Thurs. Then do it all over again for the relay. It's a bit much coming off an injury.

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    BestCoach said 1 month ago

    $200 for nacac or $20 for inferno with free parking hmmmm :)

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

    Quoting: BestCoach
    "$200 for nacac or $20 for inferno with free parking hmmmm :)"

    when is the inferno this year?? hopefully not on a week day

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    Anonymous said 3 weeks ago

    anyone know if Degrasse got the invite to prefontaine this year?

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