Donovan Bailey featured in TSN documentary to air Feb. 6

The Canadian sprinter, who won a gold medal for Canada and set a world record in the 100m at the 1996 Olympics, is featured in the first of a new documetnary series for the sports broadcaster

January 31st, 2019 by | Posted in The Scene | Tags: , , , , , ,

The Bailey Experience, a documentary about retired Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey, is the first in a new six-part TSN documentary series called Engraved on a Nation. It will air tonight on TSN at 7:30 p.m. ET. 

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Bailey won a gold medal for Canada in the 100m sprint at the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta, more than 22 years ago. His 9.84s performance (after other competitors false started three times, two of them by defending champion Linford Christie of Great Britain, who was disqualified as a result) set a new world record, which stood for three years before being broken by American Maurice Green, who ran 9.79s at the Athens Grand Prix II in July 1999. 

Bailey’s victory was much celebrated by Canadians who had lived under the shadow of Ben Johnson’s positive drug test just a few days after his historic victory in Seoul in 1988. Canadians who felt burned by Johnson were initially skeptical of Bailey, who weathered their mistrust and came out on top.

Bailey recently turned 51.

The Bailey Experience was directed by Michael Hamilton and produced by Adam Scorgie of Score G Productions Inc. in association with Bell Media.

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

Each Engraved on a Nation episode will be available for on-demand viewing through TSN, TSN.ca, and the TSN app, as well as Crave (Crave premiere date TBC).