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Donovan Bailey
  • September 25th, 2005

Donovan Bailey

Born in Manchester, Jamaica, Bailey emigrated from Jamaica to Canada at age 13, and played basketball before his graduation. He began competing as a 100m sprinter part-time in 1991, but he didn’t take up the sport seriously until 1994. At that time, he was also a successful stockbroker.

The following year saw his international breakthrough where at the World Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, Bailey won both the 100 metre sprint and the 4 x 100 metre relay titles. He then made history in 1996 Atlanta Olympics, setting a world record of 9.84 seconds in the 100m. But Bailey struggled with injuries ever since and never reached his previous level of performance. He retired from the sport in 2001 having been a five-time World and Olympic champion

  1. You’re now an Entrepreneur, Consultant, Olympian, World Champion, Commonwealth champ. I mean WOW, this is a long list of great accomplishment, so what’s next. What are your currently doing now?

    I’m now a consultant to countries trying to improve their athletes. I’m also an entrepreneur myself

  2. Recalling your track days, how did athletics become a part of your life?

    When in my younger days in Jamaica, where I was brought up, it is automatic for all kids to be involved in athletics

  3. Describe the greatest moment of your athletic career

    There’s too many too mention. I was just glad to be world record holder, world beaters, olympic champion and a world champion. Well the accomplishment, I can go on forever. I’m just happy to be there

  4. Tell us that special moment on the record breaking 100m 9.84secs in 1996 Olympic which was also a World Record … What went through your mind before, during, after the race. What was the feeling like? Any other events came close to it?

    Before the race, I has total confidence! Well after that record breaking run, I thought to myself, I ran the worst first 30 meters and a terrible last 30 meters, yet I still broke the world record. To think if I was more prepared, I could go faster

  5. I believe you last ran in 1999 and has since not ran competitively. Do you still maintain your fitness, what do you do for sports nowadays?

    Nowadays I play golf and sometimes basketball to maintain my fitness

  6. If you could turn back time, what would you differently

    I guess nothing. I’m happy as it was

  7. Any advice for young athletes starting out in Track/Field or last word for your fans in Asia?

    I would love to do a workshop to teach coaches, How to get the best out of their athletes. Maybe if I’m in Singapore, I’ll give you a call

Thank you Mr Donovan for participating

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