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Athletics Monday, 29 July, 2002, 19:22 GMT 20:22 UK
Fredericks regains 200m gold
Frankie Fredericks
Frankie Fredericks won his second Commonwealth 200m title

Frankie Fredericks regained the Commonwealth Games 200m title ahead of England's Marlon Devonish and Darren Campbell in a dramatic final.

The Namibian held off a fierce challenge in the closing metres to clock 20.06 seconds and win back the title he last claimed in 1994.

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I saw Darren coming up on me but I didn't think he had enough to beat me
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Frankie Fredericks
And an emotional Fredericks admitted afterwards that he feared his career was over when he recently suffered an Achilles injury.

"I thought I was done," he told the BBC.

"To come back and win gold is something special - to beat a lot of young guys who have been doing well.

"Everybody wrote me off and only my family and my agent knew what I went through."

The 34-year-old came into the race an overwhelming favourite, but it was Campbell who looked in position to take the lead coming off the bend.

But Fredericks had the strength to hold on down the straight, as Devonish surged past Campbell and Dominic Demeritte of the Bahamas to take silver in 20.19s.

"I saw Darren coming up on me but I didn't think he had enough to beat me," said Fredericks.

Demeritte looked to have done enough to claim a medal, but a photo-finish gave the bronze to home favourite Darren Campbell.

Both men were given the same time of 20.21s.

Wales' Christian Malcolm, silver medallist four years ago, finished last despite clocking a season's best 20.39.

200m winner Frankie Fredericks
"I thought my career was over"
Silver medalist Marlon Devonish
"I'm going to enjoy this"
Bronze medalist Darren Campbell
"Its been a tough 18 months"
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