Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise today to salute Nicolas Macrozonaris of Laval, Quebec, who won the men's 100-metres on Saturday night, at the Mexican Grand Prix track meet held in the Mexico City Olympic Stadium.
With a time of 10.03 seconds in his first Grand Prix meet of the season, this victory is the biggest so far in his career, his personal best and second fastest time this year. Nicolas finished ahead of the record holder in this event, Tim Montgomery of the United States.
Nicolas Macrozonaris is trained by Daniel St-Hilaire, who worked for many years with Bruny Surin. Nicolas was first noticed by the track world during the 2000 Olympic trials, when he ran the 100 metres in 10.19 seconds.
With this significant victory come numerous invitations to prestigious meets on the international track calendar. Nicolas has become an athlete to watch in coming months, and we hope to see him race against the best in the world at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
I know that all Canadians join with me in congratulating Nicolas on his remarkable performance and in wishing him many more in the coming months.