Olympic Gold Medalists for the Bahamas: Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie, Pauline Davis-Thompson, Chandra Sturrup, Tonique Williams-Darling
Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Debbie Ferguson-Mckenzie, Pauline Davis-Thompson, Chandra Sturrup, Tonique Williams-Darling, Savatheda Fynes, Durward Knowles, Cecil Cooke, Eldece Clarke-Lewis. Excerpt: 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 Sum... More:
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