The Bahamas' Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, shown on the left, has already run in the 100-meter dash and the 200 at the London Olympics and will also be a part of her country's 4x100 relay team.
Aug. 6, 2012
LONDON --- Both former Georgia track and field standouts Martin Maric and Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie competed in the opening rounds of their Olympic events in London on Monday.
Maric, who was in the men’s discus field for his native Croatia for his second consecutive Games, finished 10th in his group and 17th overall in the discus qualifying round. Maric worked up to a top effort of 206 feet, 3 inches.
Earning All-America honors for the Bulldogs in the javelin during the 2006 season, Maric stands No. 3 on the all-time discus list for Georgia with a mark of 190-1. He also has the seventh-best javelin throw in school history (237-3). Maric transferred to the University of California to complete his career.
Ferguson-McKenzie competed in her second event of the London Olympics on Monday. The Bahamas native has now battled at five straight Games, winning a Gold, a Silver and a Bronze medal during those Olympics. On Monday, Ferguson-McKenzie finished seventh in her heat and 38thoverall in the first round of the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.49. She also competed in the opening round of the 100 last week.
The 36-year-old still has the 4x100 relay to compete in on Friday at 3:20 p.m. ET. While at Georgia, Ferguson-McKenzie captured four NCAA titles and was a 20-time All-American sprinter.
The next Olympic track and field athletes with ties to Georgia’s program will compete on Wednesday. Jenny Dahlgren (Argentina) and Sultana Frizell (Canada) are slated to throw in the qualifying round of the hammer at 5 a.m.