Deborah Elaine "Debra" Sapenter, later Speight-Christopher (born February 27, 1952), is an American athlete who competed mainly in the 400 meters. She was born in Prairie View, Texas. In 1975 she was rated as the number one 400 meter women's sprinter in the United States.[1] She competed for United States in the 1976 Summer Olympics, held in Montreal, in the 4 × 400 metres relay where she won the silver medal with her teammates Sheila Ingram, Pamela Jiles and Rosalyn Bryant.

Debra Sapenter
Personal information
Full nameDeborah Elaine Sapenter
BornFebruary 27, 1952 (1952-02-27) (age 67)
Prairie View, Texas, U.S.

After her running career Sapenter found a career in Information Technology holding Corporate Information Officer positions at Genuity, Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare / Harvard Vanguard, and Zürich Financial Group. In 1995 she was inducted into the Southwestern Athletic Conference Hall of Fame as Debra Sapenter-Speight.[2]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2007-03-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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