Donovan Bailey

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Donovan Bailey is defending Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan for Canada Reads 2014.



One of the fastest people on the planet, Donovan Bailey is one of the world's all-time greatest and most dominant sprinting legends. A former stockbroker, Bailey re-focused on his youthful passion for sprinting when he was in his early 20s, and was soon breaking records all over the place.

Track and Field News named Donovan "Sprinter of the Decade" in the 1990s. He is a two-time Olympic champion, a three-time world champion and two-time world record holder.

In 1996, Donovan achieved the fastest top speed ever recorded in history at 27.07 miles per hour, a record that wasn't broken until the 2008 Olympics in Beijing by Usain Bolt. Donovan also broke the indoor 50-metre world record in a time of 5.56 seconds, a record that still stands today.

Although he retired from running in 2001, he has remained a prominent name in athletics in Canada and around the world over the past decade, working as a sports commentator for CBC, CTV and Eurosport. He also serves as a board member and spokesperson of Big Brothers of Canada, and is involved with many charitable organizations.

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