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Namibian track star wins 2 races in Austria - 2002-08-20


Namibian track star Frankie "The Flash" Fredericks has won both the 100 and 200-meter races at a Grand Prix meet in Linz, Austria. Frankie clocked 10.19 seconds in the 100-meter dash, and 20.15 seconds in the 200-meter event.

Frankie's achievement in Austria duplicated what he did in early August at the African Championships in Tunisia, where he won gold medals in both the 100-meters and 200-meters. Fredericks also won a gold medal in the 200-meters at this year's Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England.

Another Commonwealth champion -- as well as African, world and Olympic gold medalist -- Maria "The Maputo Express" Mutola of Mozambique -- was also a winner in Austria. Maria usually competes in the 800-meters race, but in Austria, she ran a 1,000-meters event. She finished in just over 2 minutes, 38 seconds.

In other women's results from Austria, Meseret Defar of Ethiopia won the 3,000 meters race, clocking just over 8 minutes, 48 seconds.

In men's action, Kenya's Michael Rotich led a 1-2-3 African sweep in the 800-meters race. Michael won with a time of 1:47.52. Fellow Kenyan Alex Kipchirchir was second, and Berhanu Alemu of Ethiopia was third. Kenya scored another victory in the men's 3,000 meters steeplechase, with Wilson Boit Kipketer crossing the line first in just over 8 minutes, 19 seconds.

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