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Debbie Flintoff-King

Full name: Debra Lee "Debbie" Flintoff-King
Gender: Female
Height: 5-7 (171 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: April 20, 1960 in Kew, Victoria, Australia
Affiliations: Glenhuntly Athletics Club, Glen Huntly (AUS)
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Debbie Flintoff-King started out as a long jumper, hurdler and pentathlete, but after meeting her future coach and husband Phil King, concentrated on the 400 hurdles beginning in 1981. She made her international début at the 1982 Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the 400 hurdles and silver in the 4x400 relay.

After reaching the semis of the 400 hurdles at the 1983 World Championships and placing sixth at the 1984 Olympics, Flintoff-King won both the 400 metres and 400 hurdles at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, adding a silver in the 4x400. In 1987, she won silver at the World Championships and won the Grand Prix Final. The highlight of her career came at the 1988 Olympics, where she won Olympic gold by beating Soviet [Tatyana Ledovskaya] by a mere 1/100th of a second. Flintoff-King last competed internationally at the 1990 Commonwealth Games, where she won silvers in the 400 hurdles and 4x400 relay. She was also Australian 400 metre hurdles champion in 1982-86, 1988, and 1991; and 400 m champion in 1985-86.

She retired from sports after 1991 season. After her retirement, Flintoff-King worked as an athletics coach, her most famous pupils being two-time 400 m hurdles world champion [Jana Pittman] and sprinter [Lauren Hewitt].

Personal Best: 400H – 53.17 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 400 metres Hurdles Australia AUS 6
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Women's 400 metres Hurdles Australia AUS 1 Gold OR

Women's 400 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Australia Final 6 56.21 0,262 6
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Australia Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 56.24 3
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Australia Round One Heat One 3 QU 57.20 3
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Australia Final 1 OR 53.17 0,251 5
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Australia Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU/OR 54.00 4
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Australia Round One Heat Four 1 QU 54.99 3
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