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Everybody knows Usain Bolt is the undisputed fastest man on the planet, but what happens when the reining speed demon decides he’s sprinted in his last Olympics? Who does he pass the torch to? It looks like Bolt has already made his pick for the next fastest man and it’s not the guy who came in second. It’s actually the bronze medalist, our very own Canadian sprinter, Andre De Grasse. Yay Canada!

Not only did Bolt say some really nice things about De Grasse to reporters after the race, it looks like this rivalry has turned into an unlikely (and completely adorable) bromance. Cue the ‘find someone who looks at you like…’ memes.


Wow, looks like Canada just made it into the cool club. Remember Bolt’s press conference last week? He’s kind of an Olympics mega-star and we get to sit next to him in class. Way to go, Andre!

De Grasse came in second to Bolt in their semi-finals heat, then went on to take third to Bolt and American Justin Gatlin in the finals. After the race, Bolt approached De Grasse, embraced him and told him just how great he thought he ran. High praise coming from the unbeatable man.


Yup, that’s our Canadian youngster (he’s only 21!) being congratulated and encouraged by Usain Bolt. We’re so proud. In his post-race interview, Bolt also praised Canada’s star, saying ‘he’s going to be good. He runs just like me’–which we will obviously take as a compliment. He even went on to imply that De Grasse could improve to be better than Bolt himself. Do we see gold happening for Canada in 2020? Maybe…


Basically, we’re pretty excited about this new bromance, which looks like it could be pretty beneficial for Canada. It seems like De Grasse is perfectly set up to get some great pointers from Bolt. Though probably not before Thursday’s 200m final, which is completely understandable; Bolt’s got to keep his edge.

As long as we get some more adorable Jamaica-Canada bro pics (and maybe a medal?) we’ll be happy. The age of DeBolt has begun!

Usain Bolt and Andre De Grasse
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