Bahamas at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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Bahamas at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Flag of the Bahamas.svg
IOC code BAH
NOC Bahamas Olympic Committee
Website www.bahamasolympiccommittee.org
in Athens
Competitors 22 in 3 sports
Flag bearer Debbie Ferguson[1]
Medals
Ranked 52nd
Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 0 1 2
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

The Bahamas competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. This was the nation's fourteenth appearance at the Olympics, except the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the United States boycott.

The Bahamas Olympic Association sent a total of 22 athletes, 13 men and 9 women, to compete only in athletics (the nation's strongest field), swimming, and tennis. The Bahamian team featured numerous athletes who entered the Games as medal contenders in their respective events, including Tonique Williams-Darling, Chandra Sturrup, Debbie Ferguson, and Chris Brown. Sprinter Debbie Ferguson, who helped the Bahamian team claim their first gold medal in the women's 4 × 100 m relay, was appointed by the association to carry the nation's flag in the opening ceremony.[1]

Bahamas left Athens with a total of two individual Olympic medals (a gold and a bronze), summing it up to a stark tally of eight with six more from Sydney. The highlight of the Games for the Bahamian athletes came with a prestigious Olympic gold from Tonique Williams-Darling in the women's 400 metres on August 24, 2004.[2][3] Meanwhile, Ferguson added a bronze to her career hardware in the women's 200 metres by the following day. Being the oldest athlete to reach the final at age 28, she was quoted after the race as saying "I think per capita, the Bahamas already won the Olympics", referring to the 2 medals won for the nation of approximately 325,000 people.[4]

Medalists[edit]

Medal Name Sport Event Date
 Gold Tonique Williams-Darling Athletics Women's 400 m August 24
 Bronze Debbie Ferguson Athletics Women's 200 m August 26

Athletics[edit]

Bahamian athletes have so far achieved qualifying standards in the following athletics events (up to a maximum of 3 athletes in each event at the 'A' Standard, and 1 at the 'B' Standard).[5][6]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Chris Brown 400 m 45.09 1 Q N/A 45.31 3 Did not advance
Dominic Demeritte 200 m 20.62 1 Q 20.61 6 Did not advance
Chris Brown
Aaron Cleare
Dennis Darling*
Nathaniel McKinney
Andrae Williams
4 × 400 m relay 3:01.74 3 Q N/A 3:01.88 6

* Competed only in heats

Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Osbourne Moxey Long jump 7.81 21 Did not advance
Leevan Sands Triple jump 16.35 27 Did not advance
Women
Track & road events
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Christine Amertil 400 m 50.23 2 Q N/A 50.17 2 Q 50.37 7
Debbie Ferguson 100 m 11.30 3 Q 11.16 3 Q 11.04 4 Q 11.16 7
200 m 22.57 1 Q 22.53 2 Q 22.49 4 Q 22.30 3rd, bronze medalist(s)
Chandra Sturrup 100 m 11.37 3 Q 11.46 7 Did not advance
Tonique Williams-Darling 400 m 51.20 1 Q N/A 50.00 1 Q 49.42 1st, gold medalist(s)
Shandria Brown
Tamicka Clarke
Debbie Ferguson
Chandra Sturrup
4 × 100 m relay 43.02 2 Q N/A 42.69 4
Field events
Athlete Event Qualification Final
Distance Position Distance Position
Jackie Edwards Long jump 6.53 =14 Did not advance
Laverne Eve Javelin throw 62.11 6 Q 62.77 6

Swimming[edit]

Bahamian swimmers earned qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the A-standard time, and 1 at the B-standard time):

Men
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Jeremy Knowles 200 m butterfly 1:59.32 20 Did not advance
200 m individual medley 2:04.22 30 Did not advance
400 m individual medley 4:23.29 21 N/A Did not advance
Nicholas Rees 100 m butterfly 56.39 50 Did not advance
Chris Vythoulkas 100 m backstroke 58.31 38 Did not advance
Women
Athlete Event Heat Semifinal Final
Time Rank Time Rank Time Rank
Nikia Deveaux 50 m freestyle 27.36 45 Did not advance

Tennis[edit]

Athlete Event Round of 32 Round of 16 Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Opposition
Score
Rank
Mark Knowles
Mark Merklein
Men's doubles  González /
Massú (CHI)
L 5–7, 4–6
Did not advance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie was honored with one final tribute". Bahamas Local. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Tonique Williams-Darling Wins Gold Medal". Bahamas Post. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Williams claims 400m gold". BBC Sport. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Sprinter Debbie Ferguson Wins Olympic Bronze". Bahamas Post. 26 August 2004. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved June 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Athens 2004 Entry Standards". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 

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