Andre De Grasse at 2016 Harry Jerome Track Classic. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall.

Canadian sprint star Andre De Grasse, who made a successful return from an extended injury layoff over the weekend, has confirmed he will run at the 35th Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic June 26-27 at Swangard Stadium.

De Grasse, 23, from Markham, Ont., finished fourth at the 100 metres at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, his first race since a hamstring strain forced him out of last summer’s IAAF World Track and Field Championships in London.

De Grasse will be part of the Canadian team that faces off against top sprinters from China at the Jerome in the China-Canada Sprint Challenge, a ten-event competition over the two days.

This will be De Grasse’s third consecutive year at the Jerome meet and will provide him the opportunity to race on the newly refurbished running service at Swangard.

After the Jerome last year, Andre said “I’m privileged to travel to meets all around the world but nothing compares to competing at home in Canada. I was blown away by the reception of the fans who came to support me, especially all the kids….Meets like the Harry Jerome provide a platform for athletes like myself to inspire young people to live healthy active lives and pursue their dreams. For this reason, I’m grateful to TELUS for helping make the Harry Jerome meet possible and hope to be back with you again next summer celebrating sport and healthy communities.”

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