Debbie Parris-Thymes

Debbie-Ann Parris-Thymes (born 24 March 1973 in Trelawny Parish) is a Jamaican athlete who mainly competes in the 400 metres hurdles event. She finished 4th in the 1996 Summer Olympics. She has also won medals in relay.

Debbie Parris-Thymes
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Jamaica
Junior (U20)
1990 Kingston 100m hurdles
1990 Kingston Long Jump
CARIFTA Games (Under 17s)
1988 KingstonLong Jump

Parris-Thymes ran track collegiately at Louisiana State University and was elected to the Louisiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017.

Personal bests


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Jamaica
1988 CARIFTA Games (U17) Kingston, Jamaica 1st Long jump 5.54 m
1990 CARIFTA Games (U20) Kingston, Jamaica 2nd 100 m H 14.1
1992 World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 8th 400 m H 60.81
2nd 4x400 m 3:32.68
1993 Central American and Caribbean Championships Cali, Colombia 2nd 400 m H 56.11
Universiade Buffalo, United States 1st 400 m H 57.10
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 15th (sf) 400 m H 57.83
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada 3rd 400 m H 55.25
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 15th (h) 400 m H 57.83
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 4th 400 m H 53.97
1997 World Championships Athens, Greece 5th 400 m H 54.19
1998 Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 2nd 400 m H 54.49
Central American and Caribbean Games Maracaibo, Venezuela 3rd 400 m H 55.15
1999 Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 400 m H DNF
World Championships Seville, Spain 8th 400 m H 56.24
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 5th 400 m H 54.68
1st 4x400 m 3:20.65
Goodwill Games Brisbane, Australia 4th 400 m H 56.03
2nd 4x400 m 3:24.87
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 2nd 400 m H 55.24
2003 Pan American Games Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 7th 400 m H 56.73
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 10th (sf) 400 m H 54.99
2005 Central American and Caribbean Championships Nassau, Bahamas 1st 400 m H 55.26
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 14th (sf) 400 m H 55.96

Coaching career

Parris-Thymes has been an assistant coach for the LSU Lady Tigers track and field team from 2005–present.[1]


  1. Debbie-Ann Parris-Thymes at IAAF; accessed August 26, 2017.

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