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Introducing Donovan Bailey

 

One of the fastest people on the planet, Donovan Bailey is one of the world's all-time greatest and most dominant sprinting legends.
 
He was born in Manchester, Jamaica in 1967 and emigrated to Canada at age 13. He played basketball while attending Queen Elizabeth Park High School in Oakville. After graduating, he became a stockbroker and began competing as a part-time sprinter in 1991. He took up the sport seriously in 1994.
 
At the 1995 world Track & Field Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, Bailey won both the 100m sprint and the 4 x 100 m relay titles.
 
In 1996, at an indoor meet in Reno, Nevada he won the 50m event in a world record time of 5.56 seconds. This record still stands, with only Maurice Green matching the record time in 1999 (not ratified). At the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Bailey won a gold medal in the 100m in a world and Olympic record time of 9.84 seconds. At this point, Bailey became only the second person in history, along with Carl Lewis of the USA, to hold all the major 100m titles concurrently (Olympic Champion, World Champion & World Record Holder). At these same Olympics, Bailey also won a gold medal in the 4x100m relay. In 1996 Bailey also achieved the fastest top speed in history at 27.07 mph, which has since been surpassed only by Usain Bolt.
 
In 1997, Bailey won a third world title with the Canadian relay team and finished second in the 100m behind Maurice Greene.
 
After the 1997 season Bailey ruptured his Achilles tendon effectively ending his track career. He retired from the sport in 2001, having been a three-time World Champion, two-time Olympic Champion and two-time world record holder. During his career, Bailey became known as “The World’s Fastest Man” and the authoritative sports magazine Track and Field News named him “Athlete of the Decade”.
 
Bailey's time of 9.84s in Atlanta stood as the 100m world record from 1996 until 1999, when it was broken by Maurice Greene; it stood as the Commonwealth record from 1996 until 2005, when it was broken by Asafa Powell; it is the current Canadian record (matched by Bruny Surin in 1999). His Olympic record was broken by Usain Bolt at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
 
Since retiring, Bailey started DBX Sport Management which helps amateur athletes promote themselves. He also started a sport injury clinic in Oakville and has worked as a commentator for CBC, CTV and Eurosport. He  serves as a board member and spokesperson of Big Brothers of Canada, and is involved with many charitable associations.
 
He has been inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame twice: in 2004 for his accomplishments as an individual and in 2008 as a member of the 1996 Summer Olympics 4x100 relay team.
 
 
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