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Monday, 29 July, 2002, 19:09 GMT 20:09 UK

Ferguson seals sprint double

Debbie Ferguson completed a stunning sprint double with victory in the 200m.

The world silver medallist, the clear favourite in the field, was never under threat as she sealed her second gold of the Commonwealth Games in a time of 22.20s.

Juliet Campbell of Jamaica was second in 22.54s, while Australia's Lauren Hewitt won bronze in 22.61s.

Ferguson had powered to a Games record to win the 100m title in a time of 10.91s and got off to a superb start over the longer sprint.

"This has helped me with my confidence to take on Marion Jones"
Debbie Ferguson

The Bahamian turned into the straight with a clear advantage and held on for a comfortable win but some way short of a second Games record.

The double gold medal winner insisted she was still targeting another medal, in the 4x100m relay.

She told the BBC: "I'm really looking forward to the relay - it should be a lot of fun.

"But to run the fastest time of the year and win was awesome. I've done something at the Commonwealth Games that I never thought I'd do in my life.

"This has helped me with my confidence to take on Marion (Jones - the Olympic and world champion)."

One of the pre-race favourites, Jamaica's Beverly McDonald, failed to make the race despite qualifying for the final.

And Ferguson's cause was further helped by the absence of compatriot Sevantheda Fynes, who opted to rest a sore hamstring for the 4x100m and miss the 200m.

There was little to cheer about for the home crowd as England's Joice Maduaka finished sixth.


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