Bruny Surin

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Bruny Surin
Bruny Surin at the Maisonneuve College
Personal information
Born (1967-07-12) July 12, 1967 (age 56)
Cap-Haitien, Haiti
Home townMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight81 kg (179 lb)
SportTrack and field
Event100 metres
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100m : 9.84(Sevilla 1999)
200m : 20.21(Brussels 1999)

Bruny Surin CM CQ (born July 12, 1967) is a Canadian former track and field athlete, who was the winner of a gold medal in the 4×100 metres relay at the 1996 Summer Olympics. In 2008 he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 1996 Summer Olympics 4x100 relay team.[1] In the 100 metres, he has broken the 10-second barrier multiple times and holds a personal record of 9.84 seconds.[2]


Surin was born in Cap-Haïtien, Haïti, and moved to Québec City with his family in 1975.[3][4] He made his debut for Canada at the 1987 Pan-American Games, placing fifteenth in the long jump, a result he repeated at the 1988 Olympics.

After the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988, manager Enrico Dionisi brought Surin to Siena and he was trained by the Italian coach Franco Barucci. Barucci persuaded Surin away from his favoured long jump event, in favour of the 100 m. Barucci predicted he could run 10.10 seconds for the event. Surin won the following Canadian championships in 10.14 seconds.

At the 1990 Commonwealth Games, Surin won a bronze medal in 100 m and was seventh in the long jump. At the 1991 World Championships, Surin was eighth in the 100 m, and at the 1992 Summer Olympics he was 4th in the 100m and reached the semifinals as a member of Canadian 4 × 100 m relay team.

At the 1993 World Championships, Surin was fifth in 100 m and won a bronze medal as a member of Canadian 4 × 100 m relay team. At the 1994 Commonwealth Games, Surin won the gold medal in 4 × 100 m relay and was eliminated in the semifinal of 100 m. Competing for the province of Quebec, Surin edged out Donovan Bailey to win gold in the 100 m at the 1994 Francophone Games in Paris with a games record time of 10.08 seconds. At the 1995 World Championships, Surin won a silver medal in 100 m, behind compatriot Bailey, and a gold medal as a member of Canadian 4 × 100 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. However, in the 4 × 100 m relay final, the Canadian team beat United States by almost half a second, establishing itself the best relay team in the world. Surin also reached the semifinal of 100 m in the same competition.

Surin and the Canadian team won a gold medal again at the 1997 World Championships and a silver medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games. 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 Canadian record of 9.84. At the time, this was the fastest losing time in a 100 m race.

At the 2000 Summer Olympics, Surin, one of the gold medal favorites, had not fully recovered from a leg injury sustained at the Canadian championships earlier that summer, and was eliminated in the semifinals of the 100m after slowing down visibly in pain and walking the rest of the way through the finish line. His last major championship race was in the semifinals of the 100 m at the 2001 World Championships, where he injured himself again and was pushed off the track in a wheelchair.

In 2009, Surin became the new Canadian 50 metres record holder (40-45 age group) with a time of 6.15s at the McGill Open.[5]

In May 2022, Surin was named Team Canada's chef de mission for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.[6]


In 2016, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.[7]

Book: Bruny Surin, le lion tranquille[edit]

Bruny Surin, le lion tranquille
AuthorBruni Surin and Said Khalil Al-Dosari
PublisherÉditions Libre Expression
Publication date
Media typeHardcover

In 2009, a biography cowritten by Bruny Surin and Saïd Khalil entitled Bruny Surin, le lion tranquille was published by Éditions Libre Expression in Montreal.[8][9][10] The book covers Bruny Surin recounting 17 years of his sports career.[11] In the book, Surin criticizes doping, describing it as a gangrene that ails athletics and all other sports.[12][13]

Surin emigrated to Canada with his family in 1975. His father lost his family in the 2010 Haiti earthquake. He has two daughters.[14] Surin ran for a seat on Laval City Council in a by-election on November 24, 2019, but lost by 82 votes.[15]

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  1. ^ "Yzerman, Lewis among Canada's Sports Hall of Fame inductees". The Sports Network. 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-05-13.
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Bruny Surin". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18. Retrieved 2014-08-07.
  3. ^ "Bruny Surin". Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  4. ^ Pierre, Samuel (2007-05-30). Ces Québécois venus d'Haïti: contribution de la communauté haïtienne à l'édification du Québec moderne (in French). Presses inter Polytechnique. p. 523. ISBN 978-2-553-01411-6. Retrieved November 30, 2011.
  5. ^ McGill Open 1 2009 Results[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Former sprint star Bruny Surin thrilled to mentor Canada's athletes at 2024 Paris Olympics |". Global News. Retrieved 2022-05-06.
  7. ^ "National Order of Quebec citation" (in French).
  8. ^ 7 Jours: Lancement de Bruny Surin Le lion tranquille - Quand sport rime avec business (in French)
  9. ^ "Editions Libre Expression: Bruny Surin - Le lion tranquille".
  10. ^ Montreal Voir: Au-delà du sport Archived June 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine (in French)
  11. ^ TVA Nouvelles: Biographie - Bruny Surin, le lion tranquille (in French)
  12. ^ Selon Bruny Surin «Le sport est gangrené par le dopage» (in French)
  13. ^ Dop-Santé: Réactions de professionnels du sport et la santé sur la quéstion du dopage dans le sport (in French)
  14. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "IAAF Inside Athletics Season 2 - Episode 5 with Bruny Surin". YouTube.
  15. ^ "Olympic gold medallist Bruny Surin loses race to be elected Laval municipal councillor". 25 November 2019.

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