Heading into the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, Oakville, Ontario’s Donovan Bailey was the 100m World Champion, the Commonwealth World Champion, as well as the holder of the world record in the indoor 50m, a record which he broke just months before the Games in 1996.

According to Bailey, the race was his to lose. 

Donovan Bailey
Donovan Bailey celebrates winning 100m gold at the 1996 Olympics. Photo: Canadian Olympic Committee.

The main event of the 1996 Olympic Summer Games took place on a hot and humid night on July 27th at the Centennial Olympic Stadium. In a race that started with eight athletes, it would take four attempts and one dramatic disqualification before one runner would rise up and win the title of the fastest man in the world.

On this week’s episode of The Shakeout, we take you back to the drama and glory of one of the most celebrated moments in Canadian track and field history.

We would like to thank the Ontario Media Development Corporation for their contributions to this podcast.


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