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Cornel on track for Korea

By Mark Etheridge

Included in the provisional Team South Africa squad for next month’s IAAF World Athletics Championships in South Korea, Cornel Fredericks is back from his European tour and hungry to back to competition.

Based in Stellenbosch, Fredericks was part of coach Mario Smith’s group of athletes that travelled around Europe getting invaluable experience both on an off the track.

“I’m back in a very cold Stellenbosch but it’s good to be back after six weeks in Europe,” Fredericks told Road to London 2012 on Tuesday.

Fredericks’ last meeting was the Herculis Diamond League meeting in Monaco on Friday where he was fifth in 48.98sec, one spot behind fellow South African and the season’s leading hurdler, LJ van Zyl.

His best time this season remains the 48.14 he ran in finishing runner-up to Van Zyl at national championships in Durban earlier this year. “I really enjoyed the tour,” said Fredericks. ” I learnt a lot from both the travel and the competitions.”

On Friday’s race: “It went pretty well. I’m happy with my time and place and think my preparation for Korea is going well. I’ve got no injuries and want to keep it that way for the rest of the year. I’m really looking forward to Korea and my aim is just to grow as a good 400m hurdles race with every race.

“I believe in both my training methods and coach Mario. It’s also great to run against the best athletes in the world and it’s bringing the best out in me.”
Fredericks also had a final word to his supporters around the country. “It’s so good knowing that the whole country stands behind you when you compete and it’s my responsibility to keep them happy with good efforts wherever I run.”

Mohamed Ally
Mohamed Ally

Well done Cornel. Rest assured that we support you every step of the way and look forward to hearing the name Cornel Fredericks for a long time to come in Athletics circles... Continue giving off your best no matter what!