World Record Holder Michael Frater (above left) is one of the fastest men on the planet… he will run in Australia’s premier professional footrace at the 2012 $120 000 Easter Stawell Gift carnival in Victoria.
Jamaican Frater – who has a personal best of 9.88sec for the 100m – is using the Easter event to prepare for Jamaica’s Olympic trials. He works out regularly on grass tracks in Jamaica and is confident he can adapt to conditions at Central Park in April.
“I believe that running on the grass will work in my favour,” Frater said. “Being from Jamaica, I have grown up running on grass tracks and every year the majority of my training is on grass.
“I’m very excited to run at the Stawell Gift as it’s a race … with a lot of history.” He said the hype was already building in Jamaica for the London Olympics.
“There is already a lot of buzz in Jamaica about the Games,” he said. “Our country is performing at an all-time best. “We have probably close to 10 sprinters who will be breaking 10 seconds for the 100m this year, so it’s going to be a very exciting summer.”
Jamaica boasts the top three 4x100m relay performances ever and Frater and Usain Bolt are the only runners to feature in all three.
Frater ran the second leg last year at the world championships in Daegu, South Korea, where Jamaica – with Bolt, Nesta Carter and new world champion Yohan Blake – won the gold in a world record 37.04sec.
They ran a then world and Olympic record at the 2008 Beijing Olympics (37.10) and also took the world title at the 2009 world championships in Berlin (37.31).
Frater, 29, has an impressive resume, having won the 100m silver medal at the 2005 world championships.
He grabbed second in a photo-finish in that race from fellow Caribbean sprinter Kim Collins, against whom he will race in Stawell. Collins, third at last year’s world championships, was run-out in the semi-finals of the Gift last year, but he confirmed this week he would be returning to Stawell.
Frater, who set his personal best in Lausanne last year, is a training partner of former world record holder Asafa Powell. He will come up against WA’s local professional runners Dylan Panizza, Mathew Short, Glenn Ross, Cole Unasa & Ben Clark who will try their luck and are hoping to take home the winners first prize of $50 000.
Article thanks to: Scott Gullan and Herald Sun.