Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
FREDERICKS EAGER TO BOUNCE BACK
Shaking off a 2015 season that was derailed by injury, 400m hurdler Cornel Fredericks says he is ready to hit top form again in the build-up to the Rio Olympics.
“As far as I am concerned there is no bigger honour than representing your country at the Games,” Fredericks said before he left for England for a training stint with British coach Malcolm Arnold.
“I think I am on track to finding the same form I had in 2014.
“Since October my training has been going really well. At the moment I’ve got no injury niggles and that is important.”
The 25-year-old High Performance Centre athlete enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in 2014, winning gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, Continental Cup and African Championships, proving he had the ability to continue South Africa’s proud history in his specialist discipline.
“I battled to be consistent from one year to the next and it was frustrating, but then 2014 happened,” Fredericks said.
“I was able to win races going out fast or winning coming from behind, and it gave me a lot of confidence.”
Last year, however, he missed the first half of the season after picking up an Achilles injury.
While he bounced back to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, a hamstring niggle forced him to withdraw ahead of the biennial showpiece.
Eager to claw his way back to the heights he reached two years ago, Fredericks confirmed he and Arnold were focussing on improving his speed and technique ahead of the 2016 campaign.
“One of the main things I am currently working on is my speed as I believe it to be essential if you want to be a contender in important races,” he said.
“There are also some small things in my hurdling technique that need some tweaking.”
While no other races had yet been confirmed in his 2015 schedule, in the early stages of the season, Fredericks said he would turn out at the SA Championships in Stellenbosch in April, in search of his fifth national title.
“I might decide to compete in one or two smaller races in England so as to just get a feel for racing again, especially since I did not really race last season,” he said.