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Andre De Grasse runs 9.99 seconds in 100m at London Diamond League

Canada's Andre De Grasse put himself back in the conversation as one of the world's top sprinters Saturday with his 9.99-second clocking at the Müller Anniversary Games in London, his first sub-10-second performance in legal wind since the 100-metre final at the 2016 Olympics.

Canadian sprinter's first sub-10-second time in legal wind since 2016 Olympics in Rio

Andre de Grasse of Markham, Ont., crosses the finish line in a season-best time of 9.99 seconds to place fifth at the Diamond League's Müller Anniversary Games in London on Saturday. South Africa's Akani Simbine won in 9.93. (Tim Ireland/Associated Press)
Canada's Andre De Grasse put himself back in the conversation as one of the world's top sprinters Saturday with his 9.99-second clocking at the Müller Anniversary Games in London, his first sub-10-second performance in legal wind since the 100-metre final at the 2016 Olympics.

"I really can't complain," De Grasse, who placed fifth in the field of nine, told CBC News' Stephanie Jenzer at London Stadium following the race. "To be on the sideline for two years [with a pair of hamstring injuries], trying to stay motivated and come here and run sub-10, I can only go up from here.

WATCH | Andre De Grasse runs sub-10 seconds at London Stadium:

Canada's Andre De Grasse finishes 5th at the Muller Anniversary Games with a time of 9.99 seconds. 2:51

"The world championships is two months away and I have a lot of time to drop my time."

The 2016 triple Olympic medallist had run 10.05 at the Ostrava Golden Spike event in the Czech Republic on June 20 and earlier Saturday in his semifinal heat, but his coach Rana Reider knew De Grasse was capable of much more.

South Africa's Akani Simbine won Saturday's race in a season-best 9.93, followed by Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain (9.95 SB) and Yohan Blake of Jamaica (9.97). The 2011 world champion went 9.96 at the Jamaican championships on June 21.

WATCH | The Breakdown - Andre De Grasse walks you through a 100m race:

The 100m seems to go by in a flash, but 3-time Olympic medallist walks you through all of the different things that can happen within only 10 seconds or less on the track. 2:18

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Doug Harrison has covered the professional and amateur scene as a senior writer for CBC Sports since 2003. Previously, the Burlington, Ont., native covered the NHL and other leagues for Faceoff.com. Follow the award-winning journalist @harrisoncbc

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