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13 Things You Need To Know About Scarborough Olympic Medalist Andre De Grasse

Scarborough's very own Andre De Grasse beat his own personal record and won a bronze medal during the 100m race at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The Canadian sprinter only began his track career in 2012 and now, four years later, is an Olympic medalist.

To become familiar with Canada's new Sprint King, here are 12 interesting things you may not know about Andre De Grasse:

1. He began competitively sprinting in grade 12.

2. He was born in Scarborough and raised in Markham.

3. He beat his previous personal record in Rio with 9.91 seconds.

4. He won Canada's first Olympic sprint medal since 1996.

5. When he signed his 11.25 million dollar deal with Puma, he bought a Honda Accord.

6. He won a gold medal in the 100m dash with a time of 10.05 at the 2015 PanAm games. 

7. He's been dubbed Canada’s new 'Sprint King'.

8. His mother ran track as a teenager in Trinidad.

9. As a teen, he dreamed of playing in the NBA.

10. He goes by the nickname "TIP."

11. Former Olympian Tony Sharpe was his earliest track coach.

12. He also holds the Canadian record for the 200 metre race.

 13. His mom is his hero and number # 1 inspiration.

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