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

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Andre De Grasse ran a 9.69 world-leading 100-metre sprint in Stockholm, Sunday. It was wind-aided, but a rubber-melting performance to be sure.

De Grasse, who will be racing in Vancouver at the sold-out Harry Jerome Track Classic on Wed, June 28, just served notice that he is the man to beat.

De Grasse crossed the line in 9.69 seconds, but the wind reading was an illegal 4.8 metres per second. Any performance measured above two metres per second is considered wind-aided.

The 22-year-old Markham, Ontario native said, “It was a shock to me when I saw the time on the board,” De Grasse told the IAAF. “I just wanted to run sub-10 and I didn’t feel in the shape to run that fast.”

The current Canadian record is 9.84, held by both Donovan Bailey and Bruny. De Grasse’s fastest legal time is the 9.91 that he ran when he earned the bronze medal at last summer’s Rio Olympics.

It was De Grasse’s third win in three meets. He won at the Oslo Diamond League meet, three days prior. He also won the 200m in Rome on June 8th.