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Debbie Dunn (born 26 March 1978) is an American sprinter, who specializes in the 400 metres. Originally from Jamaica, she attended Fairmont Heights High School in Maryland, then Norfolk State University,[1] and became an American citizen in 2004.

Debbie Dunn
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Dunn on her way to victory during the 2010 World Indoor Championships
Personal information
Born (1978-03-26) 26 March 1978 (age 41)

At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics Dunn set a personal best of 49.95 seconds to qualify for the 400 metres world final. She was a little slower in the final, however, and finished in sixth place. In the 4 x 400 m relay event she finally outpaced everybody, grabbing the gold medal together with teammates Allyson Felix, Lashinda Demus and Sanya Richards.

One year later, at the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Doha, Dunn achieved her first major individual victory by becoming 400 metres world indoor champion. She earned a second gold medal for the 4 x 400 m relay, in which the U.S. team consisting of Dunn, DeeDee Trotter, Natasha Hastings and Allyson Felix finished in 3:27.34.

In July 2012, it was announced that she tested positive for a banned substance.[2] In September 2012 she was given a two-year suspension.[3]

Personal bestsEdit

  • 200 metres – 22.73 s (2009)
  • 400 metres – 49.64 s (2010)


  1. ^ "Debbie Dunn". USA Track & Field. 2009. Archived from the original on 7 April 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2010.
  2. ^ "Debbie Dunn withdraws from Olympics after positive drugs test". Retrieved 14 July 2012.
  3. ^ "American athlete Dunn hit with two-year ban after positive drug test". Daily Mail. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012.

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