Bahamas at the 2004 Summer Olympics
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.
|Bahamas at the|
2004 Summer Olympics
|NOC||Bahamas Olympic Committee|
|Competitors||22 in 3 sports|
|Flag bearer||Debbie Ferguson|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
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.
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. 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.
|Gold||Tonique Williams-Darling||Athletics||Women's 400 m||August 24|
|Bronze||Debbie Ferguson||Athletics||Women's 200 m||August 26|
- 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
- Track & road events
|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|
|4 × 400 m relay||3:01.74||3 Q||N/A||3:01.88||6|
* Competed only in heats
- Field events
|Osbourne Moxey||Long jump||7.81||21||Did not advance|
|Leevan Sands||Triple jump||16.35||27||Did not advance|
- Track & road events
|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|
|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|
|4 × 100 m relay||43.02||2 Q||N/A||42.69||4|
- Field events
|Jackie Edwards||Long jump||6.53||=14||Did not advance|
|Laverne Eve||Javelin throw||62.11||6 Q||62.77||6|
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):
|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|
|Nikia Deveaux||50 m freestyle||27.36||45||Did not advance|
|Athlete||Event||Round of 32||Round of 16||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Final / BM|
|Men's doubles|| González /
L 5–7, 4–6
|Did not advance|
- "Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie was honored with one final tribute". Bahamas Local. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Tonique Williams-Darling Wins Gold Medal". Bahamas Post. 24 August 2004. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Williams claims 400m gold". BBC Sport. 24 August 2004. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "Sprinter Debbie Ferguson Wins Olympic Bronze". Bahamas Post. 26 August 2004. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
- "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Athens 2004 Entry Standards". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011.