Daniel Everton Bailey (born 9 September 1986) is a male sprinter from Antigua and Barbuda who specialises in the 100 metres. He carried the flag for his native country at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics, 2012 Summer Olympics, and the 2016 Summer Olympics and was a 100 m semi-finalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
He came to prominence in 2009 with a 100 m win in the IAAF Golden League and a fourth-place finish at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics. He was the bronze medallist over 60 metres at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships and has also won sprint medals at Caribbean regional level. His personal best of 9.91 seconds is the Antiguan national record over 100 m.
Bailey took up running at the age of 11, but preferring cricket and football, he only became a serious athlete at the age of 16.
In Beijing at the 2008 Olympics, he competed at the 100 metres sprint and placed second in his heat, just four hundredths of a second after Usain Bolt in a time of 10.24 seconds. He qualified for the second round in which he improved his time to 10.23 seconds. However, he was unable to qualify for the semi-finals as he finished in fourth place after Asafa Powell, Walter Dix, and Derrick Atkins.
Bailey made a strong start to the 2009 athletics season, recording a personal best of 10.02 seconds and a windy 9.93 seconds in the 100 m in early May. He broke new ground at the South American Grande Prêmio Brasil Caixa meet, becoming the first athlete to run under ten seconds on the continent. His run of 9.99 seconds (achieved despite a headwind) was a new personal best. He again lowered this mark to 9.96 seconds in Rome at the Golden Gala meet and a week later in Paris ran 9.91 seconds, to finish second to his training partner Usain Bolt, setting a new national record for Antigua and Barbuda. He was the first Antiguan athlete to qualify for the finals of the men's 100 metre at that year's World Championships.
He won the bronze medal in the 60 metres at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Finishing in 6.57 seconds, he became Antigua's first ever medallist in the event and said he hoped the medal win would bode well for the summer. He competed on the 2010 IAAF Diamond League circuit, taking third over 100 m at the British Grand Prix and Adidas Grand Prix (running a wind-assisted 9.92 seconds at the latter meet). He was fourth at the Memorial van Damme and had a season's best of 10 seconds flat at the Meeting Areva in Paris, where he was also fourth. His major competition performances that year were at the 2010 CAC Games, where he was the 100 m silver medallist behind Churandy Martina, and the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup, where he was also runner-up against Christophe Lemaitre. He also led-off the winning Americas relay team at the Continental Cup.
Missing the 2011 indoor season, he opened the year in Jamaica and achieved a personal best over 200 metres with a run of 20.51 sec at the UTech Classic in April. A wind-assisted run of 9.94 sec in the 100 m followed at the Jamaica Invitational. He headed to Europe with his training partner Yohan Blake (another trainee of Glen Mills), and his trip was highlighted by a win in 9.97 seconds in Strasbourg. The 24-year-old saw his time in Europe as a way of accustoming himself to competing abroad: "Here I learned how to acclimatise and cope with different eating habits".
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he was the flag bearer for Antigua and Barbuda.
He again competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. During the 100 m event, he finished 2nd in his heat and qualified for the semifinals, but he did not start. He was again the flag bearer during the Parade of Nations.
|60 metres||6.54||Birmingham, United Kingdom||21 February 2009|
|100 metres||9.91 (wind: -0.2 m/s)||Paris, France||17 July 2009|
|200 metres||20.40 (wind: +0.6 m/s)||Mexico City, Mexico||16 August 2014|
|Representing Antigua and Barbuda|
|2002||Leeward Islands Junior Championships (U17)||Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands||3rd||100m||11.2 (ht) (wind: NWI)|
|4th||200m||23.98 (wind: NWI)|
|4th||Long jump||6.10 m (wind: NWI)|
|Central American and Caribbean
Junior Championships (U-17)
|Bridgetown, Barbados||7th||100 m||11.39 (wind: 0.3 m/s)|
|5th (h)||200 m||23.09 (wind: −0.5 m/s)|
|2003||CARIFTA Games (U-20)||Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||4th (h)||100 m||10.97 (wind: −3.3 m/s)|
|2nd||200 m||21.10 (wind: −1.1 m/s)|
|Leeward Islands Junior Championships (U20)||Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands||1st||100 m||10.62 (wind: NWI)|
|1st||200m||22.29 (wind: NWI)|
|Pan American Junior Championships||Bridgetown, Barbados||6th||100m||10.57 (wind: 0.0 m/s)|
|2nd (h)||200m||21.26 (wind: +0.1 m/s)|
|World Youth Championships||Sherbrooke, Canada||12th (sf)||100 m||10.80 (wind: -2.6 m/s)|
|4th||200 m||21.59 (wind: -1.1 m/s)|
|Pan American Games||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||14th (sf)||100 m||10.74 (wind: -1.7 m/s)|
|14th (sf)||200 m||21.36 (wind: +0.3 m/s)|
|2004||CARIFTA Games (U-20)||Hamilton, Bermuda||1st||100 m||10.54 (wind: −0.9 m/s)|
|2nd||200 m||21.07 (wind: +1.4 m/s)|
|Central American and Caribbean
Junior Championships (U-20)
|Coatzacoalcos, Mexico||1st||100 m||10.33 (wind: +1.6 m/s)|
|2nd||200 m||20.81 (wind: +1.2 m/s)|
|World Junior Championships||Grosseto, Italy||4th||100 m||10.39 (wind: +1.0 m/s)|
|Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||6th (heats)||100 m||10.51 (wind: -1.4 m/s)|
|2005||CARIFTA Games (U-20)||Bacolet, Trinidad and Tobago||1st||100 m||10.36 (wind: +1.7 m/s)|
|1st||200 m||21.36 (wind: −0.9 m/s)|
|Leeward Islands Junior Championships (U20)||St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda||1st||100m||10.77 (wind: NWI)|
|1st||200m||21.54 (wind: NWI)|
|Central American and Caribbean Championships||Nassau, Bahamas||5th (sf)1||100m||10.39 (wind: +0.5 m/s)|
|Pan American Junior Championships||Windsor, Canada||4th||100m||10.39 (wind: +0.7 m/s)|
|3rd||200 m||20.80 w (wind: +2.5 m/s)|
|World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||4th (heats)||100 m||10.49 (wind: -1.4 m/s)|
|2006||Commonwealth Games||Melbourne, Australia||11th (quarter-finals)||100 m||10.38 (wind: +1.8 m/s)|
|5th||4 × 100 m relay||40.76|
|NACAC U-23 Championships||Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||7th||100m||10.64 (wind: +1.2 m/s)|
|CAC Games||Cartagena, Colombia||5th (heats)||100 m||10.7 (ht) (wind: NWI)|
|—||4 × 100 m relay||DNF|
|2007||Pan American Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||7th (h)2||100 m||10.34 (wind: +0.6 m/s)|
|2008||World Indoor Championships||Valencia, Spain||—||60 m||DQ|
|CAC Championships||Cali, Colombia||2nd||100 m||10.18|
|Olympic Games||Beijing, China||20th (qf)||100 m||10.23 (wind: -0.1 m/s)|
|2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany||4th||100 m||9.93 (wind: +0.9 m/s)|
|2010||World Indoor Championships||Doha, Qatar||3rd||60 m||6.57|
|CAC Games||Mayagüez, Puerto Rico||2nd||100 m||10.08|
|Continental Cup||Split, Croatia||2nd||100 m||10.05 (wind: +0.7 m/s)|
|2011||CAC Championships||Mayagüez, Puerto Rico||2nd||100 m||10.11|
|World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||5th||100 m||10.26 (wind: -1.4 m/s)|
|2012||Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||18th (sf)||100m||10.16 (wind: +1.0 m/s)|
|2013||World Championships||Moscow, Russia||40th||100 m||10.45 (wind: -0.4 m/s)|
|2014||Commonwealth Games||Glasgow, United Kingdom||5th (sf)||100m||10.22 (wind: -0.5 m/s)|
|6th||200m||20.43 (wind: +0.5 m/s)|
|7th||4 × 100 m relay||40.45|
|Pan American Sports Festival||Mexico City, Mexico||2nd||100m||10.10 A (wind: -1.3 m/s)|
|5th||200m||20.40 A (wind: +0.6 m/s)|
|2015||World Championships||Beijing, China||6th||4 × 100 m relay||38.61|
|2016||Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||22nd (sf)||100 m||10.203|
|2017||IAAF World Relays||Nassau, Bahamas||–||4 × 100 m relay||DNF|
|8th||4 × 200 m relay||1:25.11|
1 Did not start in the final.
2 Did not finish in the semifinal.
3 Did not start in the semifinal.
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