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Monday, 29 July, 2002, 21:25 GMT 22:25 UK

Calm after the storm

By Steve Cram
BBC Sport

We were never going to hit the heights that we had on Super Sunday, but Monday was still a fine night of athletics.

The highlight for me was Frankie Fredericks' win in the 200m.

It was a much more competitive race than I expected, and he was made to work for that gold by Marlon Devonish and Darren Campbell.

I had thought he might walk away with it, but Darren ran a great race from lane eight for bronze and Marlon did brilliantly to take silver.

I'm pleased for Marlon. In some ways he's the forgotten man of British sprinting - but with this run he has moved himself into world class.

With the Commonwealths, you want people around the world to look at results and be impressed.

The times we saw in the 200m will do exactly that - this was high-quality sprinting.

On Sunday we had Paula Radcliffe delighting us all with her running.

In 17-year-old Charlotte Moore we had another wonderful display from an English woman.

To reach the 800m final at that age was incredible. To then run under two minutes and even at one stage look as if she might get a bronze was great to see.

In the first 250m she was all over the place, and in the final straight she went inside and then all the way round the outside - that cost her serious time.

But you look for young talent to emerge at the Commonwealths, and that's exactly what she has done.

Susan Scott too has had a brilliant season. If she goes in the 1500m, there's a chance she could medal.

The others might overlook her, and with that finishing kick she will be a danger.

Jo Fenn looked disappointed to finish behind those two, but she went under two minutes for the first time and can take a lot from that.

And of course I was pleased about Chris Rawlinson's gold in the 400m hurdles.

He's been unlucky in the past but it came right here.

He didn't have to be at his best, but now he can go to the Europeans with real confidence.


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