Alumni in Athens: Fredericks Takes Fourth

After taking fourth in the men's 200 meters at Athens, former BYU All-American Frank Fredericks, who represented Namibia, was voted to one of the four newest spots on the IOC Athletes Commission by his fellow Olympic competitors.

ATHENS - Representing Namibia, former BYU All-American Frank Fredericks took fourth in the finals of the men's 200 meters in Athens with a season best time of 20.14.

In his last Olympic appearance, Fredericks lost to three Americans. Shawn Crawford won the gold; Bernard Williams took silver while Justin Gatlin received the bronze.

Before running a 20.43 in the semifinals, Fredericks ran a season best time of 20.20 in round two, qualifing him for the semifinals with a second-place finish in the first heat. In round one of the 200 meters, Fredericks took first in the third heat with a time of 20.54.

He clocked a personal best time in this event of 19.68 when he took second at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. He also took silver in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

Representing Ghana, former All-American Leonard Myles-Mills competed in the first round of the men's 4x100-meter relay after qualifying for the Olympics as one of the top 16 relay teams in the world. In the second heat, Myles-Mills and his teammates took sixth with a time of 38.88, a season best time for this Ghana team that have competed only a few times together this year.

In the semifinals of the men's 100 meters, Myles-Mills also placed sixth in the second heat with a time of 10.22, failing to make finals. Justin Gatlin of Team USA ended up winning the gold after running a 9.85 in the finals late Sunday night.

After two rounds of the men's 100 meters Saturday, Myles-Mills advanced to the semifinals with a time of 10.18 while Frank Fredericks failed to advance with a time of 10.17.

Myles-Mills placed third in the fifth heat of the quarterfinal after qualifying in the first round early Saturday. Because the top three advanced in each heat, Myles-Mills advanced with a time of 10.18 despite Fredericks running a 10.17, placing fourth in the fourth heat.

After ranking 16th after day one of the women's heptathlon competition, Tiffany Lott-Hogan finished with 6,066 points while Marsha Mark Baird tallied 5,962 in this event. Lott-Hogan began Friday's competition with the second fastest time in the 100 meters with a time of 13.13. Baird took fifth overall in the long jump with a jump of 6.22 meters.

Lott-Hogan, representing Team USA, finished 20th overall while Baird, representing Trinidad & Tobago took 25th. Carolina Kluft of Sweden took the gold after posting 6,952 points.

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