A budding bromance is developing between Canadian up-and-comer Andre De Grasse and Jamaican icon Usain Bolt. The two elite sprinters took the internet by storm after they exchanged smiles during Wednesday’s Olympic 200-meter men’s semifinals.
De Grasse and Bolt have qualified for Thursday’s final, but it was their candid moment on the track that had everyone talking. De Grasse recently revealed what his friendly trash talk with Bolt was all about.
During the semifinals run, Bolt led the pack of sprinters and was cruising towards the finish line. De Grasse was the close second. He would have made it to 200-meter final anyway, but decided to speed up and challenge Bolt. The two were nose to nose at one point before Bolt blazed to the finish line.
“I don’t think he expected me to do that. I had to push him a little bit, you know, see what he has left in the tank,” De Grasse told CBC Olympics. “I want to push for gold, and even if I don’t get it, I got to push [Bolt] to his potential, his limits and see what he has left.”
De Grasse completed the race just .02 seconds behind Bolt. During their brief on-track banter, the record-shattering Jamaican wagged his finger at the Canadian newbie as if to say “you are not on my level yet.”
When asked about De Grasse’s mid-race acceleration, Bolt said, “I think he wanted to push me. I was a bit lazy but I got round. I saw that he got a national record actually, so he means business.”
Bolt, who recently won gold in the men’s 100-meter event, believes De Grasse is brimming with talent. He is looking forward to competing against the Canadian in the 200-meter final on Thursday. Bolt will be favored to win the gold, but De Grasse look determined to pull off an upset over his celebrated opponent.