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Donna Fraser OBE from Croydon is a former English athlete who mainly competed in the 200m and 400m
An exceptional junior, Fraser won six English Schools 200 m titles (as well as a silver medal for the 4x100 at the 1990 World Junior Championships before turning to the 400 m in 1991 and becoming European Junior Champion at the distance the same year (also gaining a silver medal for the 4 × 100 m. However, she didn't improve until 1996, when she began to concentrate on the 400 m seriously and qualified for British teams in the major outdoor championships between 1996 and 1999. However, it was at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 that she finally showed the potential she had had as a junior, when she clipped almost a second off her PB to finish 4th with a personal best time of 49.79 seconds, thanks in no small part to her training alongside Olympic Champion Cathy Freeman for that season.
A finalist in 1998 at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games (where she took a bronze medal ), she has also played an integral part of Britain's 4 x 400m relay team, taking medals at the World Championships in 2005, European Championships and Commonwealth Games. She also won the BBC London Athlete of the Year Award for 2005. But her career after 2000 stalled due to a catalogue of injuries (including a torn achilles tendon).
At the 2007 World Championships in Athletics, Fraser went as part of the 4 × 400 m relay squad. Despite not running in the final, she received a bronze medal, as she competed in the heats on the 2nd leg