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Andre De Grasse’s mother denies report son is set to turn pro

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The mother of Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse denied a report Friday that her son was in negotiations with a shoe company and would turn professional, forgoing his senior track and field season at USC, according to CBC.

“He is not a professional,” Beverley De Grasse said, according to the CBC. “He is not even signed to an agent. If the source isn’t my son or myself, then all it is speculation.”

De Grasse was earlier reported to be on the verge of turning pro, according to the Canadian Press.

The news came two days after Baylor sprinter Trayvon Bromell, who shared World Championships 100m bronze with De Grasse on Aug. 23, announced he turned pro.

De Grasse beat Bromell for the NCAA 100m and 200m titles on June 12 (in what NBC Olympics analyst Ato Boldon called the greatest single-day sprint double in history) before they clocked matching 9.92 seconds in the 100m final in Beijing, behind Usain Bolt (9.79) and Justin Gatlin (9.80).

De Grasse and Bromell, both 20, became the youngest Olympic or Worlds men’s 100m medalists since 2003.

De Grasse, a Markham, Ontario, native, reportedly started sprinting in May 2012, when he clocked 10.90 over 100 meters from a standing start while in basketball shorts.

He is now the third fastest Canadian all time in the 100 meters, trailing 1996 Olympic champion Donovan Bailey and two-time Worlds silver medalist Bruny Surin.

Canada hasn’t taken an Olympic men’s track event medal since Atlanta 1996, when Bailey won the 100m in a then-world record and anchored the 4x100m relay to gold over the U.S.

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Bobby Joe Morrow, triple Olympic sprint champion, dies at 84

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Bobby Joe Morrow, one of four men to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at one Olympics, died at age 84 on Saturday.

Morrow’s family said he died of natural causes.

Morrow swept the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, joining Jesse Owens as the only men to accomplish the feat. Later, Carl Lewis and Usain Bolt did the same.

Morrow, raised on a farm in San Benito, Texas, set 11 world records in a short career, according to World Athletics.

He competed in one Olympics, and that year was named Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year while a student at Abilene Christian. He beat out Mickey Mantle and Floyd Patterson.

“Bobby had a fluidity of motion like nothing I’d ever seen,” Oliver Jackson, the Abilene Christian coach, said, according to Sports Illustrated in 2000. “He could run a 220 with a root beer float on his head and never spill a drop. I made an adjustment to his start when Bobby was a freshman. After that, my only advice to him was to change his major from sciences to speech, because he’d be destined to make a bunch of them.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Johnny Gregorek runs fastest blue jeans mile in history

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Johnny Gregorek, a U.S. Olympic hopeful runner, clocked what is believed to be the fastest mile in history for somebody wearing jeans.

Gregorek recorded a reported 4 minutes, 6.25 seconds, on Saturday to break the record by more than five seconds (with a pacer for the first two-plus laps). Gregorek, after the record run streamed live on his Instagram, said he wore a pair of 100 percent cotton Levi’s.

Gregorek, the 28-year-old son of a 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic steeplechaser, finished 10th in the 2017 World Championships 1500m. He was sixth at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials.

He ranked No. 1 in the country for the indoor mile in 2019, clocking 3:49.98. His outdoor mile personal best is 3:52.94, ranking him 30th in American history.

Before the attempt, a fundraiser was started for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, garnering more than $29,000. Gregorek ran in memory of younger brother Patrick, who died suddenly in March 2019.

“Paddy was a fan of anything silly,” Gregorek posted. “I think an all out mile in jeans would tickle him sufficiently!”

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