Updated: April 9, 2015

Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles champion Cornel Fredericks (Photo courtesy Reg Caldecott, HPC)

One-lap hurdles ace Cornel Fredericks will be sidelined from the racing track for at least three months due to injury.
The High Performance Centre in Pretoria confirmed on Thursday that Fredericks had picked up an Achilles injury, preventing him from defending his national title at the SA Senior Championships in Stellenbosch next week.
“He will not be able to do any running on the track for the next four to six weeks and he was forced to cancel his international campaign,” the HPC said in a statement.
“Depending on his rehabilitation the earliest he will be able to race again could be mid-June, maybe even later.”
The four-time national champion, who won the Commonwealth, Continental Cup and African titles last season, said he had been struggling with injuries for some time.
“Last year it was my left Achilles that gave me problems but, because there was not really anything I could do about it except some stretches and going for physiotherapy, I continued to compete,” Fredericks said.
“At the end of my season I took a complete break from running for five weeks.”
This year, his injury woes continued when his right Achilles started to become painful.
“At one stage it was so bad that even when I walked a few steps after waking up, I was in pain. A scan showed that there are little tears in my Achilles.
“The injuries proved to me that I am, after all, just human and that I should listen to my body and not try to run through the pain.”