MELBOURNE: The personal life of Olympic 400m champion Cathy Freeman took another twist yesterday when the Australian announced her split with husband Alexander Bodecker.
Freeman, 30, had helped nurse the American sportswear executive last year in Melbourne in his successful battle against throat cancer.
I have decided to split, effective immediately, from Alexander Bodecker, Freeman said in a statement.
As a couple, we have had our shares of highs and lows and through that both our lives have changed. It was always going to be difficult with one of us living in the United States and the other in Melbourne and our respective careers have put extreme pressure on the relationship and this has led to a decision to separate.
Freeman, Australias most prominent Aboriginal athlete, took a years break after winning gold at the 2000 Sydney Games and was hampered by a thigh injury last year.
The dual world champion only ran the 400m relay at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England and chose not to compete in the individual event so she could devote more time to Bodecker. Reuters