Fredericks at the 2014 IAAF Council Meeting
2 October 1967 |
Windhoek, South West Africa
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||72 kg (159 lb; 11.3 st)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Event(s)||100 metres, 200 metres|
Frank "Frankie" Fredericks (born 2 October 1967) is a former track and field athlete from Namibia. Running in the 100 metres and 200 metres, he won four silver medals at the Olympic Games (two in 1992 and two in 1996), making him Namibia's first and so far only Olympic medalist. He also won gold medals at the World Championships, World Indoor Championships, All-Africa Games and Commonwealth Games. He is the world indoor record-holder for 200 metres, with a time of 19.92 seconds set in 1996.
Fredericks has broken 20 seconds for the 200 metres 24 times. He also holds the third-fastest non-winning time for the 200 metres. In August 1996, Fredericks ran 19.68 seconds in the Olympic final in Atlanta, Georgia.
He is also the oldest man to have broken 20 seconds for the 200 metres. On 12 July 2002 in Rome, Fredericks won the 200 metres in a time of 19.99 seconds at the age of 34 years 283 days.
Born in Windhoek, Frankie Fredericks was awarded a scholarship at Brigham Young University in the US in 1987. (Though he is not a Mormon, he enjoyed the religious classes at BYU.) During his college career, Fredericks earned numerous All-American citations and won three NCAA championships. In 1990, 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 200 m, finishing behind Michael Johnson, and placed 5th in the 100 m.
The following year, at the Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics, Fredericks became Namibia's first Olympic medalist when he finished second in both the 100 m and 200 m. In 1993, in Stuttgart, he became the nation's first World Champion, winning the 200 m.
In the 1995 World Championships 100 m, 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 100 m and 200 m. He reached both finals, and again finished second in both. In the 100 m, he was beaten by Donovan Bailey, who set a new World Record, and in the 200 m he was beaten by Michael Johnson, who also set a new World Record. At the time, Fredericks's second-place run was the third fastest run in history, beaten only by Johnson (twice).
Fredericks won the 200 m at the inaugural Afro-Asian Games in 2003.
After the end of 2004 outdoor season, Fredericks retired from competition. Also in 2004 he became a member of the International Olympic Committee.
He has run the 100 m under 10 seconds 27 times, number seven on the all-time list.
Frankie Fredericks is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organisation.
He became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 2012.
|100 metres||9.86||– 0.4 m/s||Lausanne||3 July 1996|
|200 metres||19.68||+ 0.4 m/s||Atlanta||1 August 1996|
|400 metres||46.28||?||?||1 January 1989|
|50 metres||5.77 s||Liévin||24 February 2002|
|60 metres||6.51 s||Toronto||12 March 1993|
|100 metres||10.05 s||Tampere||12 February 1996|
|200 metres||19.92 s||Liévin||18 February 1996|
|300 metres||32.36 s||Karlsruhe||28 February 2003|
|Long jump||7.57 m||Colorado Springs||22 February 1991|
- Frank Fredericks profile at IAAF
- Frank Fredericks at the International Olympic Committee (IOC)
- Website of the Frank Fredericks Foundation
- Fredericks says goodbye – a career tribute – IAAF website, 13 October 2004
|Men's 200m African Record Holder
3 August 1992 – present
|Men's 200m Indoor World Record Holder
18 February 1996 – present
|Men's 200 m Best Year Performance
|Flagbearer for Namibia