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Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie

Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie

Ferguson-McKenzie at the 2009 World Championships
Medal record
Women's Athletics
Competitor for  Bahamas
Olympic Games
2000 Sydney 4x100 m relay
1996 Atlanta 4x100 m relay
2004 Athens 200 m
World Championships
1999 Seville 4x100 m relay
2001 Edmonton 200 m
2009 Berlin 4x100 m relay
2009 Berlin 200 m
Pan American Games
1999 Winnipeg 200 m
World Athletics Final
2004 Monaco 200 m
2007 Stuttgart 200 m
CAC Championships In Athletics
1997 San Juan 100 m
1997 Grenada 4x100 m relay
2003 Grenada 4x100 m relay
2008 Cali 200 m
1993 Cali 200 m
1993 Cali 4x100 m relay
2008 Cali 4×100 m relay
2013 Morelia 4×100 m relay
Commonwealth Games
2002 Manchester 100 m
2002 Manchester 200 m
2002 Manchester 4x100 m relay
Continental Cup
2002 Madrid 200 m
2002 Madrid 4x100 m relay
2006 Athens 4x100 m relay
2010 Split 4×100m relay
Goodwill Games
1998 Uniondale 4x100 m relay
2001 Brisbane 200 m
CAC Junior Championships (U20)
1994 Port of Spain 100 m
1994 Port of Spain 200 m
CAC Junior Championships (U17)
1990 Havana 4x400 m relay
1992 Tegucigalpa 100 m
1992 Tegucigalpa 200 m
1990 Havana Pentathlon
1990 Havana 4x100 m relay
Junior (U20)
1994 Bridgetown 100m
1994 Bridgetown 200m
1995 George Town 100m
1995 George Town 200m
1995 George Town 4x100m relay
1992 Nassau 4x100m relay
1992 Nassau 4x400m relay
1993 Fort-de-France 4x100m relay
1993 Fort-de-France 4x400m relay
1994 Bridgetown 4x100m relay
1994 Bridgetown 4x400m relay
1995 George Town 4x400m relay
1993 Fort-de-France 100m
Youth (U17)
1991 Port of Spain 100m
1992 Nassau 100m
1992 Nassau 200m
1992 Nassau 400m
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 her time in the 200 m was a commonwealth games record and 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.

In 2014 Ferguson-McKenzie became the women's sprints and hurdles coach for the track and field program at the University of Houston.[7]


  • Career 1
  • Major competition record 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


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

Ferguson graduated from 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 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.

Ferguson-McKenzie in competition at the 2007 World Championships.

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.[8] She followed this up with a win in the 200 m at the Meeting Mohammed VI d' Athlétisme in Rabat.[9] 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.[10][11] Now trains in Clermont, Florida at the NTC.

Major competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  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) 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 GR
1st 200 m 22.20 GR
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 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 m 11.25   (-0.1 m/s)
14th (sf) 200 m 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 Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).


  1. ^ a b Athlete biography: Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie,, ret: Aug 27, 2008
  2. ^ Carifta Games Magazine, Part 2 (PDF), Carifta Games 2011, retrieved Oct 12, 2011 
  3. ^ Carifta Games Magazine, Part 3 (PDF), Carifta Games 2011, retrieved Oct 12, 2011 
  4. ^ 200 Metres 2002. IAAF (2004-10-14). Retrieved on 2009-07-22.
  5. ^ Saunders, Gerrino (2006-07-13). BAAA Lists Surprising ‘Times’. The Bahama Journal. Retrieved on 2009-07-22.
  6. ^ 100 Metres 2007. IAAF (2008-04-04). Retrieved on 2009-07-22.
  7. ^ Cougars Welcome Track and Field Great Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie. Houston Cougars Track & Field, 31 Jul 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-01.
  8. ^ Superb Bolt storms to 150m record. BBC Sport (2009-05-17). Retrieved on 2009-05-17.
  9. ^ Benchrif, Mohammed (2009-05-24). Lishchynska and Cheshari set world season leads but Jelimo is way below par in Rabat. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.
  10. ^ Nikitaridis, Michalis (2009-07-21). Ferguson (22.32) and Jones (12.47) set world season leads in Rethymno. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-22.
  11. ^ LIVE RESULTS OF 25th VARDINOYANNIA. EAR. Retrieved on 2009-07-22.

External links

  • Debbie Ferguson profile at IAAF
  • Debbie Ferguson Pictures
  • FAO Goodwill Ambassador website
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Marion Jones
Women's 200m Best Year Performance
2001 – 2002
Succeeded by
Allyson Felix
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Pauline Davis-Thompson
Flagbearer for  Bahamas
Athens 2004
Beijing 2008
Succeeded by
Chris Brown
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