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Andre De Grasse stays in school

Andre De Grasse

Canada’s Andre De Grasse celebrates after winning the bronze medal in the men’s 100m at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)


Canadian Andre De Grasse, who tied for bronze in the 100m at the World Championships last week, will return to compete for USC as a senior in 2015-16, putting off turning professional, according to CBC.

“After careful consideration with talking with my coaches and family, I have decided that the best thing right now is for me to finish school first,” De Grasse said, according to the report. “I would like to finish one chapter in my life before opening another. At the end of the day I am still very new to this sport, and I still have a lot to learn to be ready for the next level.”

De Grasse tied for bronze with Trayvon Bromell in the 100m at Worlds in Beijing on Aug. 30. The two collegians -- Bromell, of Baylor, hasn’t turned pro yet, either -- both clocked 9.92 seconds.

Usain Bolt won in 9.79, followed by Justin Gatlin in 9.80.

De Grasse and Bromell, both 20, became the youngest Olympic or Worlds 100m medalists since 2003.

Counting times for all of 2015, De Grasse ranks No. 11 in the world this year in the 100m and No. 6 in the 200m. De Grasse chose not to race the 200m at Worlds.

De Grasse swept the 100m and 200m NCAA titles on June 12, beating Bromell in both races, and clocking a wind-aided 9.75 and 19.58 in about a 45-minute span.

Canada hasn’t won an Olympic men’s track event medal since Atlanta 1996, when Donovan Bailey won the 100m in a then-world record and anchored the 4x100m relay to gold over the U.S.

De Grasse believes he can compete with Bolt, Gatlin

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