By TERRY JONES -- Edmonton Sun
SYDNEY -- Bruny Surin lives. Or not.
The silver medallist from last year's World Championships in Athletics in Seville, Spain, Surin made it through the first round of Olympic Games 100-metre qualifying by a whisker, by five thousands of a second, as the last guy on the list.
Somehow he managed to finish third in the second heat to put him in the semi-final here.
If he runs.
He almost didn't in the second heat. And he may not tonight.
"Forty-five minutes before they called us for the race I talked to my daughter and she said, 'It's the Olympics - just go for it!'
"I thought, 'I have to worry about my health because I still want to run next year.
"There's still a chance of injury. I injured the same area again,'' said Surin, who ran 10.41 in the morning heat and 10.20 in the evening run.
"I'm going to evaluate it and see if I can run. So far, I'd say it's 50-50.
"I took a risk. Maybe not tomorrow.''
It all looked so innocent six weeks ago in Victoria at the Canadian championships.
"I didn't think it was serious at all,'' he said.
"I thought it was going to take three or four days. Apparently after a month and a half the injury is still there,'' he said of the ligaments.
Donovan Bailey, who pulled up in the middle of his second-round heat, is leaving the 4 x 100-metre relay race as a possibility. But Surin sounds like a scratch regardless.
"If I'm not running the semifinal I don't see any purpose in running the relay,'' he said. "If I'm not 100% and there's a risk of injury, I don't want to risk running next year, my last year.''
Bailey is considering calling it a career here but Surin, obviously, wants to stick with his plan of finishing his career at Edmonton 2001, the first World Championships in Athletics ever to be held in North America.