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Fredericks takes 200m title convincingly

29 July 2002

Frankie Fredericks burned the track up as he took the 200m Commonwealth title at Manchester.

Frankie Fredericks

Fredericks celebrates gold with the Manchester crowd

Namibian Frankie Fredericks got off to a flying start and showed no sign of slowing down.

He raced to first place and the title in a time of 20.06 seconds to claim the gold medal and, afterwards, commented: "I missed 2000 and I missed 2001."

"This is an emotional time for me. To win this medal is something really special. I saw Darren on the outside of me. I knew if I stayed relaxed there would be no one who could run with me."

England's Marlon Devonish came through the field but had to settle for silver medal with a personal best with a time of 20.19 seconds.

He said: "I ran a personal best in a major championship and came home with silver. No-one can ever say I'm not a championship performer. I proved myself today. At one point I thought I was going to win. All the training and hard work comes down to 20 seconds."

Manchester's Darren Campbell got off to a slow start but closed the distance down between himself and the front runners further down the track. He completed the race in 20.21 seconds, a season's best, to win a bronze medal.

"When you come back from what I've been through and get to the Commonwealth Games and win a medal, that's an achievement," he said.

"To be honest with you, I've learned a lot of lessons from this experience. In May of this year, Matt Elias, who got a silver medal in the 400m hurdles, was beating me over 200m. I don't know if people can appreciate the pain I've gone through emotionally. You don't get beaten by a 400m hurdler. I had to accept defeat before I could come back and be the champion that I am."

"It's not always about coming out and winning gold medals, it's about coming back from adversity," concluded Campbell.

But there was no doubting the man of the night. Fredericks, the comeback king had arrived and was in his element - pure gold.

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