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Medal record

Ferguson-McKenzie at the 2009 World Championships
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

Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (born 16 January 1976) is a Bahamian sprint athlete who specialises in the 100 and 200 metres.[1] 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.[2] She won her only individual Olympic medal in 2004, taking bronze in the 200 m. Injury ruled her out for the whole of 2005.[3] She failed to reach the finals at the 2007 World Championships, unable to compete with the new generation of American and Jamaican sprinters.[4] 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.

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.[5] She followed this up with a win in the 200 m at the Meeting Mohammed VI d' Athlétisme in Rabat.[6] 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.[7][8] Now trains in Clermont, Florida at the NTC.

Personal bests

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).[9] She is the Bahamian national record holder in the 200 m with a time of 22.19 seconds.[10]

Event Best (s) Location Date
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
400 metres 53.30  ? 2001

All information taken from IAAF profile.

Major competition record

Year Tournament Venue Result Event Time (s)
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
5th 200 metres 22.37
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 200 metres 22.20
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
3rd 200 metres 22.30
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
8th 200 metres 22.61


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


  1. ^ a b Athlete biography: Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie,, ret: Aug 27, 2008
  2. ^ 200 Metres 2002. IAAF (2004-10-14). Retrieved on 2009-07-22.
  3. ^ Saunders, Gerrino (2006-07-13). BAAA Lists Surprising ‘Times’. The Bahama Journal. Retrieved on 2009-07-22.
  4. ^ 100 Metres 2007. IAAF (2008-04-04). Retrieved on 2009-07-22.
  5. ^ Superb Bolt storms to 150m record. BBC Sport (2009-05-17). Retrieved on 2009-05-17.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Nikitaridis, Michalis (2009-07-21). Ferguson (22.32) and Jones (12.47) set world season leads in Rethymno. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-07-22.
  8. ^ LIVE RESULTS OF 25th VARDINOYANNIA. EAR. Retrieved on 2009-07-22.
  9. ^ 100 Metres All Time. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-05-12.
  10. ^ 200 Metres All Time. IAAF (2009-06-02). Retrieved on 2009-07-22.

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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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