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Cathy's back where she belongs

24 July 2002

Olympic and Commonwealth Games super star Cathy Freeman has joined her team mates at the Games Village in Manchester looking forward to competing in the 4x400m relay.

Cathy Freeman

Cathy Freeman arrives at Manchester Airport

It will be the 400-metre star’s first major event since winning the Olympic title in Sydney in 2002, after which she took a year off to wind down.

“I’m in good enough shape, looking forward to being in the Games Village and seeing my team mates,” Freeman said after flying in.

Freeman has decided not to run in the individual one-lap event, or compete on the European circuit, because of her husband’s illness. He was diagnosed with cancer two months ago.

Steve Moneghetti, the Australian team athlete liaison officer, said: “I think she’s really just happy to be here. Things like this unite the team and give them a bit of a kick along.”

“She’s looking forward to being in the relay. You know it’s the Commonwealth Games where she began – in the relay,” he added.

As a 16-year-old, Freeman won a gold medal as part of Australia’s 4x100m squad at the Auckland 1990 Commonwealth Games.

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