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Ferguson flys to new Games record

29 July 2002

The women’s 200m final was fast with sprinting of the highest calibre in front of an ecstatic crowd at the packed Manchester stadium

Debbie Ferguson

Debbie Ferguson celebrates a new Games record

Debbie Ferguson of the Bahamas stormed away from the field, flying to another Gold medal to add to her 100m gold. She set a new Commonwealth Games record and seasons best of 22.20 seconds, faster than Cathy Freeman in Aukland adding her name to the great trdition of Caribbean sprinters. On the turn she sprang into the lead creating a 4-5m gap.

A jubilant Ferguson said the win gave her confidence to "compete with the best in the world."

“I haven’t been training as much for the 200m. To run 20.20 means I’m almost close to my personal best and considering what I’ve done for the year, it’s fantastic.”

She was followed in the fast field by Juliet Campbell from Jamaica who came first in the 2001 World Indoor Championships in Lisbon, taking the silver and setting a personal best of 22.54 seconds. Campbell summed up the class of the Caribbean sprinters saying: “Compared with countries like the USA and England, we’re so minute, but the quality of the athletes that come out of the caribbean is superb.”

Lauren Hewitt of Australia who came third in the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur also set a personal best to take the silver with 22.69 seconds.

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