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  • Bruny Surin - Athletics

    Nominated by Athletics Canada

     Sprinter Bruny Surin has been a stellar fixture of the world track scene ever since he began to take the sport seriously in 1989. Over the course of his illustrious career, Surin, who came to Montréal from Haiti as a seven-year-old, has compiled an exceptional string of achievements, including numerous Canadian titles and Commonwealth Games medals, two 60-metre world indoor championships, two world titles in the 4x100-metre relay, and the thrilling Olympic 4x100-metre relay championship in 1996 at Atlanta.

     Having overcome the injuries that have plagued his career to run healthy for perhaps the first time ever, as well as drawing on the confidence that comes with experience, Surin enjoyed his strongest season ever in 1999. Winning his second consecutive Canadian championship set the stage for a 100-metre run of 9.92 seconds as he fine-tuned for the world championships in August in Seville. There he ran the crowning 100-metre race of his career to date. Going head-to-head with the legendary American Maurice Green, the world record holder and defending world champion, Surin thrust strongly into his traditional fast start. Out just inches ahead of Green, he maintained a blistering pace with Green, who managed to out-lean the Canadian at the finish. The world silver medallist was a mere 0.04 seconds away from gold, and his time of 9.84 stands as the third fastest time ever run by a human over that distance. He not only smashed his personal best, but also equalled the existing Canadian and former world records set by Donovan Bailey.

     At 32, Surin's career is far from finished; in fact, he believes that there is plenty of untapped speed inside his powerful body as he prepares for the race of his life come September in Sydney.



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