Ferguson-McKenzie at the 2009 World Championships
|Competitor for Bahamas|
|Gold||2000 Sydney||4x100 m relay|
|Silver||1996 Atlanta||4x100 m relay|
|Bronze||2004 Athens||200 m|
|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|
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (born 16 January 1976) is a Bahamian sprint athlete who specialises in the 100 and 200 metres. 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. She won her only individual Olympic medal in 2004, taking bronze in the 200 m. Injury ruled her out for the whole of 2005. She failed to reach the finals at the 2007 World Championships, unable to compete with the new generation of American and Jamaican sprinters. 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.
She competed at the 2009 Manchester City Games, winning the 150 metres final in 16.54 seconds. She followed this up with a win in the 200 m at the Meeting Mohammed VI d' Athlétisme in Rabat. 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. Now trains in Clermont, Florida at the NTC.
Ferguson-McKenzie's personal best of 10.91 seconds in the 100 m is the joint second fastest time for a Bahamian athlete (behind Sturrup and equal with Savatheda Fynes). She is the Bahamian national record holder in the 200 m with a time of 22.19 seconds.
|55 metres||6.71||Gainsville, Florida, United States||22 February 1999|
|60 metres||7.20||Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States||14 February 2004|
|100 metres||10.91||Manchester, Great Britain||27 July 2002|
|150 metres||16.53||Manchester, Great Britain||17 May 2009|
|200 metres||22.19||Paris, France||3 July 1999|
All information taken from IAAF profile.
|1993||CAC Championships||Cali, Colombia||2nd||200 metres||23.32 w|
|1997||CAC Championships||San Juan, Puerto Rico||1st||100 metres||11.29|
|1999||World Championships||Seville, Spain||1st||4×100 m relay|
|Pan American Games||Winnipeg, Canada||1st||4×100 m relay|
|2000||Summer Olympics||Sydney, Australia||8th||100 metres||11.29|
|1st||4×100 m relay|
|2001||World Championships||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada||1st||200 metres||22.52|
|IAAF Grand Prix Final||Melbourne, Australia||2nd||200 metres||23.00|
|2002||Commonwealth Games||Manchester, England||1st||100 metres||10.91|
|1st||4×100 m relay|
|IAAF World Cup||Madrid, Spain||1st||200 metres||22.49|
|IAAF Grand Prix Final||Paris, France||1st||100 metres||10.97|
|2003||CAC Championships||St George's, Grenada||1st||4×100 m relay||43.06|
|2004||Summer Olympics||Athens, Greece||7th||100 metres||11.16|
|4th||4×100 m relay||42.69|
|World Athletics Final||Monaco||2nd||200 metres||22.66|
|2007||World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||2nd||200 metres||22.74|
|2008||Summer Olympics||Beijing, China||7th||100 metres||11.19|
|Women's 200m Best Year
2001 – 2002