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Twenty-year-old Markham, Ontario native Andre De Grasse set the track world on its ear Friday, June 12th by winning the NCAA Championships in both the 100 and 200-metre distances. He finished in the stunning times of 9.75 and 19.58, respectively. The performances were wind-aided, so will not count as records; however, they are very impressive results regardless of the wind. The wind in the 100m events was clocked at 2.7, exceeding the legal limit of 2.00, while the wind for the 200m race was 2.4.
If the 100m time counted, he would have been the sixth-fastest man all time behind Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay. The world record is currently held by Bolt at 9.58.
If the 200m performance counted, he would be the fifth-fastest man of all time behind Bolt, Blake, Michael Johnson and Walter Dix.
Donovan Bailey and Bruny Surin share the Canadian record in the 100m at 9.84. DeGrasse holds the national 200m record of 20.03, which he set on May 16th.
The championships are taking place in Eugene, Oregon. De Grasse attends the University of Southern California.