Black History Month in Canada… Donovan Anthony Bailey

Today’s Canadian Black History post by author John Fioravanti is about Olympic gold medalist Donovan Bailey who, at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996, set a world record for the men’s 10om with a time of 9.84 seconds. Think about that … in less time than it likely took you to read that sentence! Even if, like myself, you aren’t much into sports, I guarantee you will enjoy reading Mr. Bailey’s story! Thank you, John, for telling us about this Olympic hero!

Words To Captivate ~ by John Fioravanti

Donovan Anthony Bailey – Olympian Hero

Donovan Anthony Bailey, Oakville Ont., track and field sprinter (born 16 December 1967 in Manchester Parish, Jamaica). Donovan Bailey won the gold medal for Canada in the men’s 100m at the 1996 Olympic Summer Games in Atlanta, Georgia, and set a world record with a time of 9.84 seconds. He later won a second Olympic gold medal when he led Team Canada to a first-place finish in the men’s 4x100m relay. During his athletic career, he also won four medals (three gold and one silver) at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships.

Donovan Bailey was born in Manchester Parish, in the mountainous region of Jamaica, the fourth of five sons to George and Daisy Bailey. Before going to Mount Olivet Primary School each morning, Donovan would take care of the family’s pigs, chickens, and goats.

Donovan visited Canada when he was…

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