Frater now with Racers ... doubtful for trials/World Champs
André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Former World Championships 100-metres silver medallist, Michael Frater, will be training alongside double world record holder Usain Bolt and world champion Yohan Blake at the Racers Track Club, when he resumes full training in three weeks time.
Frater, who is nearing full fitness after undergoing a knee operation in late October, severed ties with the MVP Track Club after a fallout with long-time coach Stephen Francis, due to his election to the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) third vice-president position in late November.
According to sources, the two-time Olympics and two-time World Championships sprint-relay gold medallist, who had expressed a desire to continue training in Jamaica, has reached an agreement with Racers Track Club president and head coach Glen Mills.
Frater joined MVP in 2005, after returning from his studies at Texas Christian University to reunite with Francis, who had coached him during his high-school days.
Both Mills and Frater confirmed the development yesterday afternoon, but neither gentleman wanted to speak on the details of the association when contacted.
Frater, who turned 30 in October, however, told The Gleaner that his rehabilitation is progressing positively but was unsure about his participation at this summer's JAAA/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships and by extension, the IAAF World Championships in Athletics, due to his recovery timeline.
"I did the surgery in the latter part of October and its (recovery) coming along pretty well, every day the leg is getting stronger," said Frater. "They said I won't be at full strength until about six month's time, but I was told that I can start working out."
"I cannot do anything intense but I can do some light track work at this point," Frater added.
"Regarding the World Championships, I am optimistic but it is not something that is detrimental. If I am fit enough and ready, then I will take part at the trials and we will see, but I am not going to rush myself and reinjure myself after all I have been through," he added.
"I am very optimistic but it would not be detrimental if I cannot compete at the trials," said Frater, who has a personal best of 9.88 seconds over 100m. He won silver in the 100 metres, clocking 10.05, at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.