BAILEY Donovan (1968) Canada / Track and field
Having won the world title for the 100 m in 1995, Bailey made history during the 1996 Atlanta games when he not only won the gold for the 100 m, but set a new world record with 9" 84. He beat Namibian Frankie Fredericks, who had kindly given him the benefit of his advice when he had first arrived on the international athletic circuit. Bailey, a Jamaican by birth, obviously put it to good use! The Canadian went on to a double victory at the Atlanta games, winning the 4x100 m relay alongside fellow countryman Bruni Surin, who had also been a 100 m finalist.Having just recovered from a serious Achilles tendon injury which kept him away from the tracks for several months, Bailey has recently made a remarkable recovery back to the top of his form. He has just made the second best time on record for the 100 m in 2000. Even so, he did not succeed at the Sydney Games, failing even to reach the Olympic finals.