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Donovan Bailey

Calls It Quits

Meanwhile, the Canadian sprinter was struggling to overcome a nearly career-ending injury. In September, 1998, he had ruptured his Achilles tendon while playing basketball with friends. After surgery to the tendon, he could not walk. Despite expectations, he went on to recover and resume his career. By 2000, he was again ranked Canada's No. 1 sprinter. But he would not again clinch an international title. In 2001 he announced his retirement at the end of the season. He ran his final race in August at the world track-and-field championships in Edmonton, Alberta.

After receiving a standing ovation during a farewell lap, Bailey spoke with the media about his plans. "I came from corporate Canada, and I don't think it'll be a big problem going back," he told George Johnson of the Montreal Gazette. Bailey added that he'd also like to help coach Canada's new young sprinters. He lives in Oakville, Ontario, with his girlfriend, Michelle Mullin, and daughter, Adrienna.


1967 Born December 16 in Manchester, Jamaica
1981 Moves to Canada with mother
1991 Begins serious training as a sprinter
1999 Ruptures Achilles tendon
2001 Announces retirement from sprinting at age 33

Awards and Accomplishments

1995 Gold medals in 100m (9.97 seconds) and 4×100m relay, world championships, Goteborg, Sweden
1995 Winner, 100m (9.91 seconds), Canadian championships
1996 World indoor record (5.56 seconds), 50m, Reno, Nevada
1996 Gold medals in 100m (9.84 seconds) and 4×100m, Olympic Games, Atlanta, Georgia
1996-99 World-record holder in 100m (9.84 seconds)

The Canadian network Vision TV had planned to air an interview with Bailey on its show, "Credo," in late February, 2003, in conjunction with Black History Month. The show features Canadian newsmakers discussing faith and values.

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