Cornel Fredericks

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Cornel Fredericks
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Personal information
Full nameCornel Edwin Fredericks
NationalitySouth African
Born (1990-03-30) 30 March 1990 (age 30)
Worcester, Western Cape
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)[1]
SportTrack and field
Event(s)400 m hurdles

Cornel Edwin Fredericks (born 3 March 1990 in Worcester, Western Cape) is a South African track and field athlete who competes in the 400 metres hurdles. His personal best for the event is 48.14 seconds.

He was the silver medallist at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics and came fifth in the final at the 2011 World Championships.


In his earliest international outing, Fredericks won a bronze medal in the 110 metres hurdles and a silver medal in the 400 m hurdles at the 2006 Gymnasiade.[2] He was fifth in the 400 m event at the 2007 World Youth Championships in Athletics and improved to fourth place at the 2008 World Junior Championships.[3][4] Later that year he ran at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games, coming second in the 110 m hurdles and helping the South African 4×400 metres relay team to fourth place.[5] In his final year of junior competitions, he won both the hurdles events at the 2009 African Junior Athletics Championships as well as a silver medal in the relay.[6]

He came second in the 400 m hurdles at the 2009 South African Championships behind Wouter le Roux and won the national universities title. As a result, he competed at the 2009 Summer Universiade where he finished fourth in a personal best of 49.93 seconds.[7] The 2010 season saw him established himself as a senior athlete. He won first national title in the 400 m hurdles with a clocking of 49.70 seconds. He improved his personal best several times that year, culminating in a run of 48.79 seconds to take the silver medal at the 2010 African Championships in Athletics, completing a South African 1–2 alongside the event winner L.J. van Zyl.[8]

Fredericks was beaten by van Zyl at the 2011 South African Championships, but left the competition with a significant improvement on his personal best (48.14 seconds).[9] On the circuit he was runner-up at the Doha Diamond League meeting and won in Tampere and at the KBC Night of Athletics.[10] Fredericks entered the 2011 World Championships in Athletics as the fifth fastest 400 m hurdler of the year and he matched this ranking with a fifth-place finish in the 400 m hurdles world final.[11][12]

He regained his national title in 2012, and then won it again in 2013 and 2014.[13]

In 2012 Fredericks's coach Bruce Longden died, and Fredericks suffered a hamstring tear in the heats of the 2012 Olympics.[14]

In July 2014, he won the gold medal in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and then in August, he won the African Championships in the 400 m hurdles.[13][15][16] That year he also won the 400 m hurdles at the Continental Cup,[17] and ran the second fastest time that year (48.25).[18]

His 2015 season was blighted by an achilles injury and a hamstring tear, which caused him to withdraw from the World Championships.[18]


  1. ^ "London 2012 - Cornel Fredericks". London2012. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  2. ^ ISF Thessaloníki GRE 30 June – 2 July Gymnasiade 2006, Kaftanzóglion Stadium. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2011-09-09.
  3. ^ World Youth Championships 2007 Archived 2013-08-31 at the Wayback Machine. World Junior Athletics History (WJAH). Retrieved on 2011-09-09.
  4. ^ World Junior Championships 2008 Archived 2014-02-24 at the Wayback Machine. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-09-09.
  5. ^ Commonwealth Youth Games 2008 Archived 2012-12-05 at WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-09-09.
  6. ^ African Junior Championships 2009 Archived 2011-10-23 at the Wayback Machine. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-09-09.
  7. ^ Cornel Fredericks. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2011-09-09.
  8. ^ Negash, Elshadai (2010-07-30). Rudisha sizzles 1:42.84 in Nairobi as Kenya collects three golds in Nairobi – African champs, day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-09.
  9. ^ Ouma, Mark (2011-04-21). Van Zyl prevailed, Ramolefi, Namibian Nghipandula shine in eThekwini. African Athletics. Retrieved on 2011-09-09.
  10. ^ Cornel Fredericks. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2011-09-09.
  11. ^ 400 m hurdles 2011. IAAF (2011-09-08). Retrieved on 2011-09-09.
  12. ^ Landells, Steve (2011-09-01). Men's 400m Hurdles – Final – Greene's finish the difference Archived 2012-05-31 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-09-09.
  13. ^ a b "Cornel FREDERICKS | Profile |". Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  14. ^ "Cornel Fredericks' five point plan | Spikes". 2014-10-07. Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  15. ^ "Amos defeats Rudisha over 800m at the Commonwealth Games| News |". Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  16. ^ "Redemption for Makwala at African Championships| News |". Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  17. ^ "Report: men's 400m hurdles – IAAF Continental Cup, Marrakech 2014| News |". Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  18. ^ a b De Swardt, Wilhelm (22 October 2015). "Fredericks no longer down and out, eyeing making an impact in Rio| News |". Retrieved 27 April 2019.

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