Robert Esmie

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Robert Esmie
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing  Canada
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1996 Atlanta 4x100 m relay
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1995 Gothenburg 4x100 m relay
Gold medal – first place 1997 Athens 4x100 m relay
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Stuttgart 4x100 m relay
World Indoor Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Barcelona 60 m

Robert Esmie (born July 5, 1972) is a retired Canadian sprinter and member of the 1996 Summer Olympics Gold medal 4x100 m relay. Currently runs his sport training program need for speed

Born in Jamaica and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Esmie was part, along with Glenroy Gilbert, Bruny Surin and Donovan Bailey, of a formidable 4x100 m relay team in the mid-1990s. They were number one in the world from 1994 to 1999

Esmie placed seventh (10.23) in the second semi-final of the 100m and won a bronze medal in 4x100 m relay at the 1993 World Championships. At the 1994 Commonwealth Games, Esmie was a member of the gold medal team in the 4x100 m relay.

Esmie won a bronze medal in the 60 m at the 1995 World Indoor Championships and was again a member of gold medal winning Canadian 4x100 m relay team at the 1995 World Championships.

At the Atlanta Olympics the Canadian men's 4x100 relay team was not favored despite winning most high profile titles in the previous three years, including the 1995 World Championships. Leading up the Olympics, the United States team of Jon Drummond, Tim Harden, Michael Marsh and Dennis Mitchell claimed they would beat Canada, however in 4x100 relay final the Canadian team beat the United States by almost half a second to win the gold in national record time. Esmie was not originally slated to run with the relay team due to politics while Esmie was ranked 3rd in Canada before the relay began but as the team was falling apart they decided to replaced Carlton Chambers the night before the race after Chambers suffered a groin injury in the 200m.

Esmie's gold medal was later stolen.[1]

Esmie and the Canadian team won a gold medal again from lane 8 at the 1997 World Championships.

In 2008 he was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 1996 Summer Olympics 4x100 relay team.[2]


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