PR: 100m - 9.88 (2010); 200m - 20.10 (2010)
Current Residence: Salem, Ore.
Hometown: Salem, Ore.
High School: Douglas McKay (Salem, Ore.) H.S. ‘07
College: Rend Lake (Ill.) CC ‘10
Coach: John Parks
Agent: Mark Wetmore
Third at 2012 Olympic Trials 100m (9.93)
2012 Olympic 4x100m silver medalist (37.04 AR)
Awards and Honors
American 4x100m record holder (37.04)
With world record holder, world champion and Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt of Jamaica proving in recent years that there is a place in the world for tall sprinters, Ryan Bailey in 2010 showed by his startling success that tall sprinters may become the norm instead of an exception. Bailey, who stands 6 feet 4 inches (Bolt is 6-5), had an amazing breakthrough season in 2010 in lowering his personal best in the 100m to 9.88 seconds from his previous best of 10.05 in 2009, and his 200m career best to 20.10 down from his previous PR of 20.45 in 2009. Bailey made his first big splash in April of 2010 at the UTEP Invitational when he finished a close second in the 100m to Churandy Martina, who placed fourth at the Beijing Olympics, before defeating Martina that same day in the 200m. Bailey was academically ineligible to accept a Division I scholarship out of Douglas McKay High School in Salem, Ore., where he was first a football player. Bailey, who is the youngest of eight children, first stepped onto to a track as a sophomore, but his career was abbreviated due to injuries and poor grades. He finally had the opportunity to show what he could do as a prep sprinter in 2007 when he won Oregon state titles in the 100m and 200m, setting state records in the process. He spent one year out of school entirely, working with his high school and current coach, John Parks, and spent half a year at Rend Lake College in Illinois, where he won junior college national titles. His 2009 season also included a broken wrist, suffered when he fell at the end of a victorious 100-meter race in Tennessee. Bailey underwent surgery on the wrist in the fall, and also became the father of a baby boy, Tyree, an experience he says is "probably one of the best things that ever happened to me."
2012: Olympic 4x100m silver medalist (37.04 AR); 5th in Olympic Games final (9.88); 3rd at Olympic Trials (9.93); 7th at Ponce (10.57); 1st at Oxy Invite (10.01).
2011: 2nd at Glasgow in 200m (21.24i) and 5th in 60m (7.46i)
2010: 2nd at Rieti (9.88);1st in opening round at Rieti (9.95); 2nd at Nuror (10.10); 2nd at El Paso (10.09); 3rd at Zurich (20.10); 1st at Penn Relays (10.15); ranked #5 in 100m in U.S., #6 in world, #4 in U.S. in 200m by T&FN...bests of 9.88, 20.10.
2009: 7th in opening round at USA Outdoors; JUCO 100m champion; 2nd at JUCO Champs 200m...bests of 10.05, 20.45.
2008: 3rd at USA Junior Champs (10.34)...7th at USA Junior Champs (22.13)...bests of 10.28, 20.69.
2007: Bests of 10.48, 21.13.
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Outdoor bests - 100m, 9.88 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 7 in the world)
2011: Indoor bests - 60m, 7.46; 200m, 21.24
2010: Outdoor bests - 100m, 9.88 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 5 in the world)
2009: Outdoor bests - 100m, 10.05 (No. 14 in the USA, No. 28 in the world)
2008: Outdoor bests - 100m, 10.28
2007: Outdoor bests - 100m, 10.48