Debra ("Debbie") Lee Flintoff-King
, born 20 April 1960 in Melbourne, Victoria
, is a retired Australian athlete, and winner of the women's 400 m hurdles
event at the 1988 Summer Olympics
She made her international debut in Brisbane at the 1982 Commonwealth Games
, winning the 400m hurdles in a Commonwealth record time of 55.89.
Flintoff finished sixth in the inaugural event at the 1984 Summer Olympics
hosted by Los Angeles. In 1986, after setting Australian records at both the 400m flat and 400m hurdles during the year, she won both events at the Commonwealth Games
In 1987, she won a silver medal at the 1987 World Championships
and became the first Australian athlete to win an IAAF Grand Prix Final
, taking out her specialty 400m Hurdles event.
In 1988, she won the gold medal at the Summer Olympics
, South Korea, despite having just received news of her sister, Noeline's death. Her winning time of 53.17 seconds still stands as the Australian record in 2008.
Flintoff-King was one of the bearers of the Olympic Torch
at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Summer Olympics
in Sydney, New South Wales
, Australia. She carried the Olympic Torch at the stadium, as one of the runners for the final segment, before the lighting of the Olympic Flame
Married to her coach Phil King with three children, Flintoff-King coached Australian sprinter Lauren Hewitt
in the early 1990s and has mentored World Champion Jana Rawlinson