Donovan Bailey, sprinter (b at Manchester, Jamaica 16 Dec 1967). Donovan Bailey was a teenager when he came to Canada in 1981. Donovan Bailey is a gifted athlete but was unable to devote his full energies to his sprinting. His real interest was clothing and he established a successful import-export clothing business before he began running track in earnest in 1990. He was, however, good enough to make the national sprint team and was an alternate on the 1993 sprint relay squad.

Following the world championships in 1993 he moved to Louisiana to train seriously. His times improved dramatically and in 1995 he staged several upset victories and posted a world best time for the season. At the Canadian championships that year he ran a blazing 9.91 seconds in the 100 m final and established himself as a favourite for the world championship. Donovan Bailey dominated the 100 m final at the world championship in Göteborg, Sweden, running a 9.97 and claiming the gold medal.

Donovan Bailey's heroics were the highlight of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. He won the 100 m race in world record time (9.84) against the strongest field ever assembled. Donovan Bailey also anchored the 4 x 100 m relay team which defeated the Americans for the gold medal.