10 FEB 1998 General News

Fredericks down under

Frankie Fredericks at the 1997 IAAF Van Damme Memorial Grand Prix in Brussels (Getty Images)Frankie Fredericks at the 1997 IAAF Van Damme Memorial Grand Prix in Brussels (Getty Images) © Copyright

Namibia's star sprinter, Frank Fredericks has confirmed that he will be heading for Australia shortly to compete in the Melbourne and Sydney Grand Prix on 25 and 28 February, respectively.

Fredericks, who was one of the most consistent sprinters world-wide last year and has doubled up silvers from the Olympics in the 100m and 200m in both 1992 and 1996 will be competing in the 200m in Australia.

The organisers of the two Grand Prix have also confirmed the participation of the 100m world record holder and reigning Olympic champion Canadian Donovan Bailey (who beat Fredericks to gold in Atlanta in the 100m), who will be competing against reigning world champion Maurice Greene and Greene's fellow American Denis Mitchell in the 100m at both venues.

With Greene targeting Bailey's world record in the 100m and apparently on top form following his world record indoors in the 60m last week, we can look forward to some great races in Australia.