Ryan Bailey (sprinter)

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Ryan Bailey
Personal information
Nationality United States
Born (1989-04-13) April 13, 1989 (age 30)
Portland, Oregon, United States
Residence Salem, Oregon, United States
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) Sprints
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 100 m: 9.88 (Rieti 2010)
200 m: 20.10 (Zürich 2010)

Ryan Bailey (born April 13, 1989) is an American track and field sprinter. He has personal bests of 9.88 seconds for the 100-meter dash and 20.10 seconds for the 200-meter dash. He ranks among the top ten Americans ever for the shorter distance.


A native of Portland, Oregon, Bailey attended Douglas McKay High School in Salem, where he won the 2007 Oregon State Championships 6A titles at 100 metres and 200 metres, and then went on to finish second and third over 200 metres at the Nike Outdoor Championships and USATF Junior Championships, respectively. After graduation, he began studying part-time at Chemeketa Community College.[1]

He relocated to Ina, Illinois in January 2009, to attend Rend Lake College, known as one of the top junior college track and field programs in the United States. At Rend Lake, Bailey won the 55 metres dash at the National Junior College Indoor Championships and, during the outdoor season, won the 100 meters and finished second in the 200 meters at the National Junior College Track & Field Championships. His time of 10.05 was a personal best and a national junior college record. His 100 m time made him the 13th fastest American sprinter in 2009. He turned pro in August 2009, signing with Nike.[2]

In August 2010, Bailey ran a new personal best of 9.88 seconds in the 100 metres, finishing second only to Nesta Carter (9.78 s) in Rieti, Italy.[3] He also ran 20.10 to lower his personal best in the 200 m while placing third in the Weltklasse meet in Zurich, Switzerland and also finish the season third in the IAAF Diamond League 200 standings.

At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, he gained a place on the Olympic team by finishing third in the 100 m final with a time of 9.93 seconds.[4]

Bailey began his Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, by winning his heat in Round 1 of the 100 metres in a time of 9.88 seconds, equalling his personal best at that time. He equaled that time again in the final for a fifth-place finish.

Personal bests

Event Time (seconds) Venue Date
60 metres 6.50 Seattle, Washington, United States 14 February 2015
100 metres 9.88 Rieti, Italy

London, Great Britain

29 August 2010,

4 and 5 August 2012

200 metres 20.10 Zürich, Switzerland 19 August 2010


  1. Eggers, Kerry (June 29, 2008). "Overcoming: Ryan Bailey doesn't have much – except great speed and some necessary support". Portland Tribune.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Goldberg, Ryan (April 23, 2010). "After Some Detours, the Sprinter Bailey Finds His Stride". New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "David Rudisha breaks own 800m world record". BBC News. August 29, 2010.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Salem sprinter Ryan Bailey earns to ticket Olympic Games in London". Statesman Journal. June 25, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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