Few names can instill a feeling of awe and pride like that of sports legend Donovan Bailey. Bailey commanded the world’s attention in the 1990’s when he exploded onto the track and field circuit determined to do what no other man before him had done.
It may not have always been his calling, but it was apparent from an early age that Bailey had no interest in marching at the pace of the rest of the world. He was more extraordinary than that. Bailey’s physical dominance, mental brilliance and impenetrable drive cast him as a formidable opponent in all of his endeavors.
When most other youngsters in their early 20’s were just dabbling with adulthood, Bailey had already began a successful career in finance and was comfortably shooting up the corporate ladder when he decided to redirect his energy and revive a childhood passion in sprinting. In just a few short years, Bailey was running alongside some of the greatest sprinters on the circuit – the same great sprinters that he soon began to surpass. His performances started to capture the attention of the track and field community. Then came the sports enthusiasts. Canada. Jamaica. And then the whole world followed.
Winning titles and smashing records, Bailey left his indelible mark
by becoming one of the most revered all-time greatest athletes in the
history of track and field.
Selected Career Highlights
Birth Date: December 16, 1967 in Manchester, Jamaica
HOMETOWN: Oakville, Ontario
Donovan Bailey is indisputably among the best athletes in track and field history. Track & Field News declared Bailey “Sprinter of the Decade” (1990’s) and one of the world’s all-time greatest and most dominant sprinters.
- Two-time Olympic Champion
- Two-time World Record holder
- Three-time World Champion
- Eight-time Canadian Champion
- 1995: Dominated the World Championship in Gothenburg by winning the 100-metre sprint
and the 4 x 100-metre relay titles.
- 1996: Earned the rare triple title of World Champion, Olympic Champion, and World Record holder. (Bailey electrified Canada and the world where he shattered the World and Olympic record, winning Canada’s first gold medal ever in the glory event of the Games. Bailey ran a sizzling 9.84 seconds).
- 1997: Won a third World title with the Canadian relay team and beat American sprinting champion Michael Johnson in a much publicized 150-metre race to determine who was the “World’s Fastest Man.”
- 2004: Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 individually, and again in 2008 as part of Canada’s 1996 Olympic gold relay team.
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Donovan Bailey Video Gallery
Few names can instil a feeling of awe and pride like the name of sports legend Donovan Bailey. Bailey commanded the world’s attention in the 1990’s when he exploded onto the track and field circuit determined to do what no other man before him had done. Below are a few of Donovan's iconic performances.
1996 Olympics Mens 100m
1996 Olympics Mens 4x100m Final
1996 Olympics Mens 100m Semi-Final