Frankie Fredericks

Frankie Fredericks

Frankie Fredericks was the first and is still the only Olympic medallist for Namibia.

In 1991, after his country had become independent of South Africa, Fredericks could participate in international competition. At the World Championships that year, Fredericks won a silver medal in the 200m, finishing behind Michael Johnson.

The following year, at the Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics, Fredericks became Namibia’s first Olympic medalist when he finished second in both the 100m and 200m. In 1993, in Stuttgart, he became the nation’s first World Champion, winning the 200m.

In the 1994 Commonwealth Games, he won gold in the 200m and bronze in the 100m.

In the 1995 World Championships 100m, after crossing the line he immediately went to help his friend Linford Christie who pulled a muscle in the race and signalled for help. This act of kindness endeared him to many (particularly British) athletics fans.

For the 1996 Summer Olympics, Fredericks was among the title favourites for both the 100m and 200m. He reached both finals and again finished second in both.

In the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Frankie once again missed out on the chance of gold in the 100m, finishing second.

After several years out from injury, Fredericks reached the 200m final at the 2004 Summer Olympics, finishing 4th.

After the 2004 outdoor season, Frankie retired from competition. In the same year he became a member of the International Olympic Committee.

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