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- Updated: January 14, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Commonwealth 400-metre hurdles champion Cornel Fredericks is taking it one step at a time as he builds up to this year’s Olympics in Rio.
Since winning gold in Glasgow two years ago, the Caledon-born athlete has battled with injury problems and was unable to defend his national title last year. Nor was he able to be part of the SA team at IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
But that’s the bad news… the good news is that since moving north to Bath, England, Fredericks has wiped his slate clean and is back on track.
He was home for Christmas and spent time with family as well as getting in more solid training.
Before heading to his northern hemisphere ‘home’ on Thursday evening he told Road to Rio 2016: ‘I’m keeping my body in one piece and am feeling confident, the training’s going well.
‘I have a great relationships with coach Malcolm Arnold and my physic, they know what they expect from me and vice-versa so it’s working well.
‘Right now I’d say I’m about 80% fit and the good news is that I’m feeling very much like I did at the beginning of 2014 which is a good sign.’
‘The injuries, my right hamstring and then both the Achilles tendons, are fine now so everything is working well. I just want to stay injury free and then we can have another good season.’
But that season is yet to be finalised. ‘I’ll sit down with Malcolm this week and we’ll work out the competition and training schedule. Right now it’s focusing on training and I’m also not going to be doing world indoors. I’ll be based in Bath till the end of the season and will then move back and forth between competitions. Obviously I’ll also be coming back for SA Championships.’