Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Bruny Surin (born July 12, 1967) is a former Canadian athlete, winner of gold medal in 4x100 m relay at the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Surin was born in Cap-Haïtien, Haïti, and moved to Canada with his family in 1975. Surin made his debut at the major international championships at the 1987 Pan-American Games, where he was fifteenth in a long jump. At the 1988 Summer Olympics, Surin was again fifteenth in long jump.
At the 1990 Commonwealth Games, Surin won a bronze medal in 100 m and was seventh in long jump. At the 1991 World Championships, Surin was eighth in 100 m and was fourth in 100 m and reached to the semifinal as a member of Canadian 4x100 m relay team at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
At the 1993 World Championships, Surin was fifth in 100 m and won a bronze medal as a member of Canadian 4x100 m relay team. At the 1994 Commonwealth Games, Surin won the gold medal in 4x100 m relay and was eliminated in the semifinal of 100 m. At the 1995 World Championships, Surin won a silver medal in 100 m and a gold medal as a member of Canadian 4x100 m relay team.
At the Atlanta Olympics, the Canadian relay team were not favoured, although they had won almost all of the titles available during the previous two years, but they had done it in absence of the United States team. At the 4x100 m relay final, the Canadian team beat United States by almost half a second, to establish itself the best relay team in the world. Surin also reached to the semifinal of 100 m.
Surin and the Canadian team won a gold medal again at the 1997 World Championships and at the 1998 Goodwill Games, but again in absence of United States. He was also seventh in 100 m at the 1997 World Championships and won a silver medal in 100 m at the 1999 World Championships. His time matched Donovan Bailey's recently dethroned world record of 9.84s. As of the beginning of 2006, this is the fastest losing time in a 100m race.
At the 2000 Summer Olympics, Surin was eliminated in the semifinals of 100 m and his last major championship race was in the semifinals of 100 m at the 2001 World Championships, where he injured himself and was pushed off the track in a wheelchair.
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