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Sprinter Fredericks Mulls Retiring

July 8, 2001

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Star sprinter Frankie Fredericks might be ready to retire after next season.

``I want to compete in the African Championships and Commonwealth Games next year and then I think it will be time to call it a day,″ Fredericks told the Associated Press on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Namibian returned to racing Saturday night, his first outing in more than 10 months following an injury and Achilles’ tendon surgery.

Fredericks finished third in the 200 meters in 20.64 seconds. The winner was Joshua Johnson of the United States with a personal best of 20.49.

Fredericks’ time was almost a second behind his best showing of 19.68, the third-fastest ever. He recorded that time in winning the silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Fredericks was the world champion in the 200 in 1993. He also won the 1992 and 1996 Olympic silver medals in the 100 and 200.

``For the first time in several years, I am running without the worry of injury being at the back of my mind,″ he said. ``All I need now is a few more races.″

He did not rule out the possibility of adding to his medal collection at next month’s world championships in Edmonton, Alberta.

Fredericks graduated from BYU. In 1991, he became the first non-American to win the 100 and 200 NCAA titles at the same championship.

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