Freeman to Train With Jackson
Australia's two-time 400m world champion Cathy Freeman will continue her policy of training with the best by working out with Great Britain's 110m hurdles world champion Colin Jackson in England.
Freeman, who retained her 400m world title in Seville last year after winning in Athens in 1997, arrives in Europe next week after preparing for the grand prix season with legendary coach and guru John Smith's HSI squad in Los Angeles.
Smith has 100m world record holder Maurice Greene and Commonwealth 100m champion Ato Boldon in his team.
Freeman, who burst onto the international scene with 200m and 400m gold in the 1994 Commonwealth Games, will begin her European campaign with a 400m race in Turin on June 10.
The 27-year-old, who in 1992 became the first Aborigine to represent Australia in an Olympic Games when she ran in Barcelona, decided to link up with multiple world champion Jackson after her plan to train in the south of France with the French national team fell through.
Freeman's great French rival and dual Olympic 400m champion Jose Marie-Perec has split with HSI and chosen to train in Germany rather than with the French squad.
Freeman is certain to be pre-selected in the Olympic 400m, meaning she can skip the national trials in August and complete her Games preparations in Europe, away from the hype and expectation - (AFP)
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