The Bahamas added another medal to its Olympic count on August 25, when sprinter Debbie Ferguson took the bronze in the women’s 200 meters race.
Ferguson, 26, has been a track competitor for 16 years. Although she is young, she has already scored many great achievements. She earned a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney as part of the women’s 4×100 meters relay team. She earned her first Olympic medal – a silver – at the 1996 Games in Atlanta as part of the same relay team.
Her illustrious collegiate career includes breaking long-standing sprint records at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. In her freshman year, Ferguson broke the school’s 100 meters record, which was held by famous US sprinter, Gwen Torrence. She broke Torrence’s 200 meter record in her senior year. In four years with the Univeristy of Georgia, Ferguson received 19 All-American honors and four individual national championships.
“I think, per capita, The Bahamas won the Olympics,” a smiling Ferguson told international reporters after the 200 meters final in Athens, Greece.
An analysis of medals won at the 2000 Games in Sydney showed that The Bahamas won more medals per resident than any other country. A medal tally on August 29 will determine whether The Bahamas will accomplish that feat again.