Is this the best bromance we've ever witnessed? YUP!
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It all started when Bolt, as he always does, blazed past his competition to an early first-place finish. Canada's De Grasse caught up in the last 20 metres, running toe-to-toe with the world's fastest runner.
Noticing the Canadian's cheekiness, Bolt couldn't help but laugh. The two cruised past their competitors and crossed the finish line together smiling at each other. De Grasse trailed the Jamaican by 0.02 seconds.
It's more than a little impressive, considering De Grasse and Bolt's leisurely grins happened during an Olympic sprint.
Just two dudes having a friendly chat while running a 19.78 200m pic.twitter.com/UKL5wCzIcL— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) August 18, 2016
Bolt and de Grasse casually having a chat before crossing the finish line in the 200m semi final. pic.twitter.com/siaUk1GsNw— Shaun Williams (@thebadpedagogue) August 18, 2016
And De Grasse beat the Canadian 200-metre record, no big deal.
Andre De Grasse just broke the 🇨🇦 200m record (19.80), qualified for the final... while chatting with Usain Bolt. pic.twitter.com/wLCTDUs4gq— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) August 18, 2016
Post-race, Bolt told De Grasse what he told his Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, who hadn't qualified.
Bolt told reporters he quizzed his younger rival as they crossed the finish line, according to The Guardian.
"I said, 'What are you doing, it’s a semi-final?' That was really unnecessary," Bolt said. "I don’t know what he was trying to do but he’s a young kid, he’s great."
De Grasse wasn't sheepish over his antics on the track.
“Yeah, I was just having some fun,” De Grasse told the National Post. “I was kind of tentative. I was thinking, 'Should I pass him or save it for tomorrow?'"
But I definitely wanted to make him work a little bit and push ... we were kind of joking around saying, ‘Why are we running this fast?'"
For two athletes who didn't know each other a year ago, they've gotten exceptionally chummy.
The two competitors, who share a sponsor in athleticwear brand Puma, first raced against each last year at the world championships.
Bolt later told media later that the young sprinter "runs just like me", according to Maclean's .
Immediately after Wednesday's race, Twitter's swooned over the two sprinters' mutual admiration of each other, dubbing the pair "DeBolt."
Andre: omg no u cross the finish line first!— monika markovinovic (@heyitsmonika) August 18, 2016
Usain: stop! Omg no u
Andre: Usain!!! lol pic.twitter.com/IFM5mZukOt
One British Columbian had the perfect soundtrack for the sprinters.
"Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones also weighed in on the budding bro-lationship.
This made me smile! pic.twitter.com/0BGiWmcqoi— Leslie Jones (@Lesdoggg) August 18, 2016
"Yeah man, can you beat me? Can you beat me? Aw yeah, what's up son," she said, impersonating Bolt.
A Canadian radio station noticed that Alberta already shipped it.
And of course, there are buddy team comparisons galore.
Seriously Bolt and De Grasse buddy cop show, please.— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) August 18, 2016
Poor Blake, though.
De Grasse and Bolt will be racing against each other in the 200-metre finals on Thursday. The Jamaican has already announced that Rio will be his last appearance at the Olympics.
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