Updated: 04/07/2012 09:20 | By pa.press.net

Bailey's 100m world record, Atlanta 1996



Canada's Donovan Bailey celebrates winning gold and a new world record in 1996.

Canada's Donovan Bailey celebrates winning gold and a new world record in 1996.

The 100 metres final at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta was all set to be a clash between reigning Olympic champion Linford Christie and world champion Donovan Bailey.

However, Team GB's Christie found himself disqualified after making two of the three false starts that occurred before the final got under way legally, and then Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey overcame a slow start to bag gold in a world record time.

Statistically slowest out of the blocks, Bailey had it all to do, but moved from fifth to first in the final 50-metre stretch, securing a time of 9.84 seconds.

Namibian Frankie Fredericks and Trinidad and Tobago's Ato Boldon were forced to settle for silver and bronze respectively, while Christie could only watch from the sidelines.

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