Debbie Flintoff-King

Debra ("Debbie") Lee Flintoff-King, (OAM)[1] (born 20 April 1960 in Melbourne) is a retired Australian athlete, and winner of the women's 400 m hurdles event at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Debbie Flintoff-King
Personal information
Born (1960-04-20) 20 April 1960
Melbourne, Australia

Athletics career

Flintoff-King made her international debut at the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, winning the 400m hurdles in a Commonwealth record time of 55.89.

Flintoff finished sixth in the inaugural event at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. In 1986, after setting Australian records at both the 400m flat and 400m hurdles during the year, she won both events at the 1986 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games.

She then won a silver medal at the 1987 World Championships and became the first Australian athlete to win an IAAF Grand Prix Final in that year, taking out her specialty 400m Hurdles event.

She won a gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics despite having just received news of her sister, Noeline's death. Her winning time of 53.17 seconds is the current Australian record.

Flintoff-King was one of the bearers of the Olympic Torch at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. 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 Pittman.


In 1987, Flintoff-King received a Medal of the Order of Australia and was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.[1][2] She received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000.[3]


  1. "Flintoff-King, Debra Lee, OAM". It's an Honour. Archived from the original on 21 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  2. "Debbie Flintoff-King OAM". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
  3. "Flintoff-King, Debbra: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 20 September 2013.


Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sabine Busch
Women's 400m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Sandra Farmer-Patrick
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