Donovan Bailey becomes the fastest man in the world and a double gold medallist


News; Sports; Atlanta


Donovan Bailey outran everything in 1996, including the role in the simple narrative Canada had written for him. Bailey’s double gold on the track in Atlanta, winning the 100-metres in a world-record 9.84 seconds and teaming with Robert Esmie, Glenroy Gilbert and Bruny Surin to win the 4 x 100 relay in a record 37.69 over the Americans, has always worked on two levels. It has to, since he was in the lead pack of sports stars who had to define what their feats meant in order to avoid being used as a vessel for someone else’s agenda.


Neate Sager




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