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Cornel second in Sweden
- Updated: July 2, 2010
By Mark Etheridge
Hurdlers Cornel Fredericks and Louw Smit both held their heads high on the international track circuit on Thursday.
It was Fredericks’ first meeting of coach Mario Smith’s European tour, while Louw has competed twice thus far.
The two were competing in the annual Folksam Grand Prix meeting in Sollentuna, Sweden.
Fredericks was certainly impressive in the 400-metre hurdles event, ending second in a respectable 49.20sec. The race was won by United States athlete Justin Gaymon in 49.09.
The Stellenbosch-based Fredericks can be well-satisfied with his race, being only 0.08sec off his personal best (49.12) set at the Yellow Pages meeting in Germiston earlier this year.
Smit ended sixth in the 110m A-Final, clocking 14.12 in a race won by Jamaica’s Richard Phillips in 13.52.
“It was a very joyous day,” said coach Smith. “We’ve still got a few more races and good times to come while we’re in Europe.”
“We still need to work on Cornel’s first 200m especially the start. But this is why we are here, to compete against a strong field, look at shortcomings and try to perfect that in order to achieve good results at the high point for this year the Commonwealth Games. Otherwise I’m quite happy with his race and his performance. He is too.
“Louw’s time came down from 14.57 and I think he is on track to make the qualifying standard for the AAC Champs.”