In Bruny Surin Beats the Heart of a Lion

Bruny Surin, a naturalized Canadian and native of Cap-Haïten, Haiti, was born on July 2, 1967. He represented Canada for the first time at the 1987 Pan American Games in the long-jump.


In 1988, Italian coach Franco Barucci took Bruny Surin under his wing and encouraged him to forgo the long-jump for the 100-meter instead. Barucci bargained that Surin could finish the 100-meter in 10.10 seconds. At the Canadian Championship Games, Surin came within four one-hundredths of a second of completing the race in 10.10 seconds.

As a professional runner, Surin has amassed six Gold Medals, two Silver, and two Bronze. He won one of his three Gold Medals for the 4x100-meter relay at the 1996 Olympic Games. He won two more Gold Medals for the 4x100-meter at the World Championships at Gothenburg in 1995 and at Athens in 1997. He won yet another two Gold Medals for the 60-meter at the World Indoor Championships, in Toronto in 1993, and at Barcelona in 1995. His final Gold Medal was won at the 1998 Goodwill games.

Bruny Surin won two Silver Medals in the 100-meter at the World Championships in 1995 at Gothenburg and at Seville in 1999. He won one bronze Medal for the 100-meter at the 1990 Commonwealth Games and another for the 4x100-relay at the World Championships at Stuttgart in 1993.

Surin, sustaining a leg injury from the Canadian Championships earlier in the year, could not complete the 100-meter semi-finals at the 2000 Olympics. Again at the 2001 World Championships, he sustained another injury, leaving the event in a wheelchair.

Bruny Surin has co-authored a biography, Bruny Surin, le lion tranquille, in which he characterizes the use of steroids in professional sports ". . . as a gangrene that ails athletics and all other sports."

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