Andre De Grasse turns pro

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Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse turned professional as a Puma athlete, the same apparel company that reps Usain Bolt.

De Grasse, who will not be able to compete for USC as a senior this season, tied for bronze in the 100m at the World Track and Field Championships in Beijing on Aug. 30.

Usain Bolt won in 9.79, followed by Justin Gatlin in 9.80. De Grasse, 21, and fellow collegian Trayvon Bromell shared bronze at 9.92.

De Grasse and Bromell became the youngest Olympic or Worlds 100m medalists since 2003.

Counting times for all of 2015, De Grasse ranks No. 11 in the world this year in the 100m and No. 6 in the 200m. De Grasse chose not to race the 200m at Worlds.

De Grasse swept the 100m and 200m NCAA titles on June 12 (in what NBC Olympics analyst Ato Boldon called the greatest single-day sprint double in history), beating Bromell in both races, and clocking a wind-aided 9.75 and 19.58 in about a 45-minute span.

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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