MEXICO CITY — Cathy Freeman has an inkling as to what Ana Guevara will feel tonight when the two line up for the most anticipated race of the inaugural Banamex Grand Prix.
Freeman has already experienced it herself.
"I know when I came into the Olympic Stadium I was overwhelmed," said Freeman, who won Olympic gold in the 400 meters in her native Australia on Sept. 25, 2000. "And as I get older, I'm 30 now, I'm starting to appreciate the Olympic movement and all it stands for."
That Freeman and Guevara, who is as revered in her homeland as Freeman is in hers, are competing in Mexico at the atypical distance of 300 meters only adds to the intrigue.
Freeman, who took a year off from competition after winning gold and has not competed in an international solo race since the Sydney Games, admits that she is not fit enough to face Guevara, 26, this early in the season in the 400.