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Medal record

Robert Esmie
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Canada
Olympic Games
Gold 1996 Atlanta 4x100 m relay
World Championships
Gold 1995 Gothenburg 4x100 m relay
Gold 1997 Athens 4x100 m relay
Bronze 1993 Stuttgart 4x100 m relay

Robert Esmie (born July 5, 1972) is a Canadian athlete, winner of the gold medal in the 4x100 m relay at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Born in Jamaica and raised in Sudbury, Ontario, Esmie formed along with Glenroy Gilbert, Bruny Surin and Donovan Bailey the world's best 4x100 m relay team in the mid-1990s.

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 won the gold medal in 4x100 m relay.

In 1995, Esmie won a bronze medal in 60 m at the 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 relay team weren't the favourites. Although they had won almost all the titles available during the last couple of years, they were earned in the absence of the United States. However at the Olympics 4x100 m relay final, the Canadian team beat United States by almost half a second, to establish itself as the best relay team in the world. Esmie was not originally slated to run with the relay team in Atlanta, but replaced Carlton Chambers the night before the race.

Esmie and the Canadian team won a gold medal again 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.[1]

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