Frankie FREDERICKS

Namibia NAM

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    4 S
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Barcelona 1992
  • Year of Birth
    1967
Olympic Results

Biography

Frankie FREDERICKS

After many years competing at the highest level of international athletics, Namibian sprint icon Frankie Fredericks was elected to the International Olympic Committee, where he has continued to make a major contribution to global sport.

King of African sprinting

During a long and illustrious sporting career, in which he competed at the pinnacle of international athletics for 12 years, Frankie Fredericks established himself as the most successful sprinter Africa has ever produced. Born on 2 October 1967 in one of the townships of Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, Fredericks is a four-time Olympic silver medallist (finishing second in the 100m and 200m at Barcelona 1992 and again at Atlanta 1996). He also claimed the 200m gold at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart (GER), to go with three silvers over the same distance in 1991, 1995 and 1997. Moreover, he claimed the Commonwealth Games 200m gold on two occasions (1994 and 2002), a 100m and 200m double at the African Games in Cairo (EGY) in 1991, and was crowned African champion three times (200m in 1998, 100m and 200m in 2002).

Sub-10 seconds 27 times

Fredericks’ African 200m record of 19.68 seconds, set as he finished second behind Michael Johnson at Atlanta 1996, remains intact to this day, as does his indoor world record of 19.92, which he recorded in February the same year in Liévin (FRA). Over the course of his career, he ran sub-10 seconds in the 100m on no less than 27 occasions, and recorded 24 sub-20 second finishes in the 200m. He competed for the last time in October 2003, at the age of 36, during the All-Africa Games in Abuja (NIG), adding yet another silver medal to his collection, and immediately switched his gaze to a future dedicated to helping others achieve their sporting ambitions: “I’m now going to travel around Africa sharing my experience with young athletes,” he revealed.

IOC member

With a degree in computer science and an MBA under his belt, Fredericks initially took up a role with the IAAF. He became a member of the IOC in 2004, joining the Athletes’ Commission, which he chaired from 2008 to 2012, before going on to serve on the IOC’s Executive Committee. He was also a member of the Coordination Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Athens 2004

#4 h4 r2/4
100 metres
100 metres Athletics
#4
200 metres
200 metres Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Atlanta 1996

S
100 metres
100 metres Athletics
S
200 metres
200 metres Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Barcelona 1992

S
100 metres
100 metres Athletics
S
200 metres
200 metres Athletics