KINGSTON, Jamaica – Track and field fans that turn out for the Gibson McCook Relays on Saturday, February 28 at the National Stadium will be in for a treat as Javon Francis, the 2013 IAAF Moscow World Championships 4×400 Meter silver medal, is expected to be on show. Francis will line up for the Akan Track Club in the 4x400M for clubs and institutions.
After opening the season with 46.29 at the Camperdown Classics, Francis will be hoping to improve his race performance. The former Calabar High star will look to continue regaining his form which saw Jamaicans heap praises on him for transporting the baton from fifth to second in the 4x400M final at the Moscow World Championships. Fireworks could yet again be expected as the transporter is expected to once again be on anchor duties, this time for the Akan Track Club with whom he trains under the guidance of Michael Clarke.
“I am feeling good and I am looking forward to the Gibson McCook Meet. This time around I will be running for my club in the relay and I will be up to my usual transporting duties, delivering the baton home,” said Francis.
“It has been a long road back from the injury I picked up at the end of last season. I have to give great credit to my coach Michael Clarke and my training partners at Akan who have all been very supportive of my rehabilitation and return to the track. So it is now up to me to repay the faith and patience they have shown by working hard and doing my best every time I take the track,” he concluded.
Francis burst onto the international stage with a special performance at the Moscow World Championships in 2013. He then returned to gain even more attention as he outclassed the field in the final of the class 1 boys 400M final where he pulverized Usain Bolt’s record of 45.43, stopping the clock at 45seconds flat. Francis’ 2014 season came to an abrupt end due to injury and track and field fans locally and internationally will be zoned in on the young star for 2015 hoping he can rediscover his blistering form.
The 39th staging of Gibson McCook Relays will see the return of Javon Francis to the mile relay as he is expected to suit up for the Akan Track Club come Saturday, February 28. Admission for the event is $2000 for the Grandstand finish line, $1,500 for regular grandstand and $300 for Bleachers.