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Debbie Ferguson

Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
2009 World Championships
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  Bahamas
Olympic Games
Gold 2000 Sydney 4x100 m relay
Silver 1996 Atlanta 4x100 m relay
Bronze 2004 Athens 200 m
World Championships
Gold 1999 Seville 4x100 m relay
Gold 2001 Edmonton 200 m
Silver 2009 Berlin 4x100 m relay
Bronze 2009 Berlin 200 m
Pan American Games
Gold 1999 Winnipeg 200 m
World Athletics Final
Silver 2004 Monaco 200 m
Silver 2007 Stuttgart 200 m
CAC Championships In Athletics
Gold 1997 San Juan 100 m
Gold 1997 Grenada 4x100 m relay
Gold 2003 Grenada 4x100 m relay
Gold 2008 Cali 200 m
Silver 1993 Cali 200 m
Silver 1993 Cali 4x100 m relay

Commonwealth Games
Gold 2002 Manchester 100 m
Gold 2002 Manchester 200 m
Gold 2002 Manchester 4x100 m relay
Continental Cup
Gold 2002 Madrid 200 m
Gold 2002 Madrid 4x100 m relay
Gold 2006 Athens 4x100 m relay
Gold 2010 Split 4×100m relay
Goodwill Games
Gold 1998 Uniondale 4x100 m relay
Gold 2001 Brisbane 200 m
CAC Junior Championships (U20)
Gold 1994 Port of Spain 100 m
Silver 1994 Port of Spain 200 m
CAC Junior Championships (U17)
Gold 1990 Havana 4x400 m relay
Gold 1992 Tegucigalpa 100 m
Gold 1992 Tegucigalpa 200 m
Bronze 1990 Havana Pentathlon
Bronze 1990 Havana 4x100 m relay
Junior (U20)
Gold 1994 Bridgetown 100m
Gold 1994 Bridgetown 200m
Gold 1995 George Town 100m
Gold 1995 George Town 200m
Gold 1995 George Town 4x100m relay
Silver 1992 Nassau 4x100m relay
Silver 1992 Nassau 4x400m relay
Silver 1993 Fort-de-France 4x100m relay
Silver 1993 Fort-de-France 4x400m relay
Silver 1994 Bridgetown 4x100m relay
Silver 1994 Bridgetown 4x400m relay
Silver 1995 George Town 4x400m relay
Bronze 1993 Fort-de-France 100m
Youth (U17)
Gold 1991 Port of Spain 100m
Gold 1992 Nassau 100m
Silver 1992 Nassau 200m
Silver 1992 Nassau 400m
Bronze 1991 Port of Spain 200m

Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (born 16 January 1976) is a Bahamian sprint athlete of Jamaican descent who specialises in the 100 and 200 metres.[1]

In 1995, she was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the 1995 CARIFTA Games.[2][3] In total, she won 7 gold, 9 silver, and 2 bronze CARIFTA Games medals.

She had her first major successes with the Bahamian 4×100 metres relay team, winning gold at the Pan American Games and World Championships in Athletics in 1999, and taking another gold at the Olympic Games the following year. She won her first individual gold medal at the 2001 World Championships – having initially won silver, gold medallist Marion Jones was later disqualified.

The 2002 season was a career high for Ferguson-McKenzie: she won five gold medals, with victories at the IAAF World Cup and Grand Prix Final, and a 100 m, 200 m and relay gold at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Her performance in the 100 m remains a personal best and Commonwealth Games record, and her time in the 200 m was the fastest by any athlete that year.[4] She won her only individual Olympic medal in 2004, taking bronze in the 200 m. Injury ruled her out for the whole of 2005.[5] She failed to reach the finals at the 2007 World Championships, unable to compete with the new generation of American and Jamaican sprinters.[6] However, she managed to reach the 100 and 200 metres finals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

She is the current 200 m national record holder with a best of 22.19 seconds. Her 100 m best (10.91) is the second fastest time by a Bahamian after Chandra Sturrup.


Ferguson attended St Andrew's School in Nassau, Bahamas and graduated in 1994.

Ferguson graduated from University of Georgia from where she launched her senior athletics career since which she has gained medals at the Summer Olympics, IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Commonwealth Games and Pan American Games.

In 2002 she was appointed as an ambassador for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. At the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England, she set the championship record in the 100 metres and in the 4×100 m relay with the Bahamian team, recording a personal best of 10.91 seconds in the individual event.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she competed at the 100 metres sprint. In her first round heat she placed second behind Oludamola Osayomi in a time of 11.17 to advance to the second round. There she won her series to qualify for the semi finals in a time of 11.21, this time finishing in front of Osayomi. Despite fellow Bahamian Chandra Sturrup being unable to qualify for the final with a time of 11.22 in the first semi final, Ferguson managed to qualify with the same time as she finished fourth in her race, while Sturrup finished fifth in hers. In the final Ferguson came to 11.19 seconds, which was the 7th position.[1]

She competed at the 2009 Manchester City Games, winning the 150 metres final in 16.54 seconds.[7] She followed this up with a win in the 200 m at the Meeting Mohammed VI d' Athlétisme in Rabat.[8] At the 25th Vardinoyiannia in Rethymno, Greece, she ran a world-leading time of 22.32 seconds to win the 200 m and set a meeting record.[9][10] Now trains in Clermont, Florida at the NTC.

Major competition record

Year Tournament Venue Result Event Time (s)
Representing  Bahamas
1990 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) Havana, Cuba 3rd Pentathlon 3015pts
3rd 4x100 m relay 47.66
1st 4x400 m relay 3:47.22
1991 CARIFTA Games (U-17) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st 100 m 11.89 w   (2.4 m/s)
3rd 200 m 24.86
1992 CARIFTA Games (U-17) Nassau, Bahamas 1st 100 m 11.79
2nd 200 m 23.97 w
2nd 400 m 54.68
CARIFTA Games (U-20) 2nd 4x100 m relay 45.61
2nd 4x400 m relay 3:42.37
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-17) Tegucigalpa, Honduras 1st 100 m 12.0   (0.0 m/s)
1st 200 m 24.2   (-0.1 m/s)
World Junior Championships Seoul, Korea 7th (qf) 100 m 11.92
8th (sf) 200 m 24.74
1993 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Fort-de-France, Martinique 3rd 100 m 11.79   (0.3 m/s)
4th 200 m 24.09   (-1.2 m/s)
2nd 4x100 m relay 45.53
2nd 4x400 m relay 3:39.32
CAC Championships Cali, Colombia 2nd 200 m 23.32 w
1994 CARIFTA Games (U-20) Bridgetown, Barbados 1st 100 m 11.58
1st 200 m 23.53
2nd 4x100 m relay 45.66
2nd 4x400 m relay 3:36.53
Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships (U-20) Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 1st 100 m 11.1   (-1.8 m/s)
2nd 200 m 23.8   (-1.8 m/s)
World Junior Championships Lisbon, Portugal 5th 100 m 11.28   (2.0 m/s)
4th 200 m 23.59   (2.2 m/s) w
1995 CARIFTA Games (U-20) George Town, Cayman Islands 1st 100 m 11.35
1st 200 m 23.17
1st 4x100 m relay 45.00
2nd 4x400 m relay 3:39.46
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 276th (h) 200 m 23.33   (0.0 m/s)
4th 4 x 100 m relay 43.14
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 13th (sf) 100 m 11.28   (0.4 m/s)
2nd 4x100 m relay 43.14 (h)
1997 CAC Championships San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st 100 m 11.29
World Championships Athens, Greece 7th (sf) 100 m 11.39   (-0.1 m/s)
6th 4x100 m relay 42.77
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 9th (sf) 100 m 11.12   (-0.1 m/s)
5th 200 m 22.28   (0.6 m/s)
1st 4×100 m relay 41.92 WL
Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 1st 200 m 22.83   (0.7 m/s)
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 8th 100 m 11.29   (-0.4 m/s)
4th 200 m 22.37   (0.7 m/s)
1st 4×100 m relay 41.95 SB
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 5th 100 m 11.13   (-0.3 m/s)
1st 200 m 22.52
IAAF Grand Prix Final Melbourne, Australia 2nd 200 m 23.00
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, England 1st 100 m 10.91
1st 200 m 22.20
1st 4×100 m relay 42.44 GR
IAAF World Cup Madrid, Spain 1st 200 m 22.49
IAAF Grand Prix Final Paris, France 1st 100 m 10.97
2003 Central American and Caribbean Championships St. George's, Grenada 1st 4×100 m relay 43.06
World Championships Paris, France 10th (sf) 100 m 11.27   (0.4 m/s)
12th (qf) 200 m 22.98   (-0.2 m/s)
8th (h) 4x100 m relay 43.64
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 7th 100 m 11.16   (-0.1 m/s)
3rd 200 m 22.30
4th 4×100 m relay 42.69
World Athletics Final Monaco 2nd 200 m 22.66
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 14th (sf) 100 metres 11.25   (-0.1 m/s)
14th (sf) 200 metres 23.27   (-0.4 m/s)
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 200 m 22.74
2008 Central American and Caribbean Championships Cali, Colombia 1st 200 m 22.78
3rd 4×100 m relay 44.03
Olympic Games Beijing, PR China 7th 100 m 11.19
7th 200 m 22.61
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 6th 100 m 11.05   (0.1 m/s)
3rd 200 m 22.41   (-0.1 m/s)
2nd 4x100 m relay 42.29 SB
2011 World Championships Daegu, Korea 6th 200 m 22.96   (-1.0 m/s)
17th (h) 4x100 m relay 50.62
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 24th (h) 100 m 11.32
38th (h) 200 m 22.61
2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships Morelia, Mexico 7th 100 m 11.85
3rd 4×100 m relay 44.08

On 16 October 2002, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie was nominated Goodwill Ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


External links

  • Debbie Ferguson Pictures
  • FAO Goodwill Ambassador website
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Marion Jones
Women's 200m Best Year Performance
2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
United States Allyson Felix

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