Salem's Bailey takes on Bolt, grabs silver

Salem's Bailey takes on Bolt, grabs silver

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Salem's Bailey takes on Bolt, grabs silver

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on August 13, 2012 at 11:53 AM

LONDON -- Salem's Ryan Bailey is bringing home a symbol of his triumph over adversity: A silver medal from the 2012 Olympics in London.

Bailey volunteered to anchor the U.S. men's 4x100m relay team, even though that meant he'd be racing next to The World's Fastest Man, Jamaica's Usain Bolt.

Related: Bolt leads Jamaica to world relay record

Bolt broke the world record, with 36.84. While Bailey didn't get the gold, he did help his team break the U.S. record with a time of 37.04. It was enough to bring home the silver. The old record was 37.38.

In his other event, the men's 100m, Bailey finished in 5th place behind Bolt, Jamaica's Yohan Blake, and fellow Americans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay.

More: Salem's Ryan Bailey 5th in Olympics 100m

Not bad for someone who just a few years ago was living in a car and fighting to get away from gang life.

Bailey was the youngest member of the team that also included Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay. It was Bailey's first trip to the Olympics.

Background: Olympian Ryan Bailey describes turbulent past

Olympics spotlight: Ryan Bailey

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