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Andre De Grasse Shows Up and Shows Out at Olympic Games

Olympics: Track and Field Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former USC Trojan Andre De Grasse showed why he’s the next athlete to be watched on the Olympic world stage. De Grasse made the podium twice in the summer games in both of his individual events. On Monday, he received his bronze medal in the 100m and followed that up with a silver medal in the 200 meter dash alongside Bolt, who took gold. De Grasse ran a time of 20.02 (-0.5) in the final.

With a fun rivalry with Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and breaking the internet with meme’s from his semi-final race, it’s safe to say that his first Olympic games has been nothing less than great.

Usain Bolt had kind words to say about De Grasse stating “He’s good. He runs just like me.” Powerful words coming from the world’s fastest man.

However, Andre De Grasse is now the No. 2 sprinter in the world.

NBC Olympic commentators also mentioned that De Grasse may be the future of global sprinting, we think so too.

After medaling in both individual events, Andre De Grasse is the first Trojan to medal in the 200m since Don Quarrie in 1980, who won bronze. Grasse is also the fifth USC medalist.

USC has been represented on the podium four more times throughout the games so far.

Dalilah Muhammad won gold in the women’s 400m IH with a time of 53.13. She’s the second Trojan to medal in the event and the first American to earn gold.

Allyson Felix became the most decorated female track athlete in U.S. history when she won silver in her 400m final.

But, Allyson wasn’t the only Trojan Alum making history.

Alumnus Nia Ali earned silver in the 100m HH with a final time of 12.59. She too is the first Trojan woman medalist in the event, and was also apart of the trio who did a 1-2-3 podium sweep with USA teammates Kristi Castlin and Brianna Rollins— marking the first time a country has swept the race in Olympic history.

The Trojans will bring home it’s fifth medal, being bronze, thanks to April Ross and help from Kerri Walsh Jennings. The Beach Volleyball duo won bronze, making Ross a two-time Olympic medalist.

Congratulations to all of our former Trojans who accomplished a life long dream by making it to the Olympics representing various countries, and congratulations to all of our Olympic medalists.

Fight On!