KINGSTON, Jamaica – Javon Francis will open his 2015 season at the Digicel Grand Prix event, the Camperdown Classics on Saturday, February 14 inside the National Stadium. Having set the world alight at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, anchoring the Jamaican 4x400M relay team to a silver medal finish then smashing Usain Bolt’s Boys Champs Class 1 400M record of 45:43 in 2014 clocking 45seconds flat, Francis is focused on having yet another big year in 2015.
Francis will be running in his marquee event, the 400M flat and should be aiming to get back to his brilliant best when he takes to the National Stadium track, a familiar stomping ground for the former Calabar athlete. The young rising star will seek to send out a reminder to his competitors that he is the real deal and all eyes will be on his progress throughout the season, as he aims to dip below the 45second mark, ahead of the IAAF World Championships this Summer in Beijing.
“It is the first race of the season, so I am just focused on getting in a solid performance and staying healthy. Training has been going great so far and I am on the right track which is why my coach has given me the green light for competition. It is a big year for track and field and of course it is always in the back of my mind to get back to the World Championships to represent my country,” said Francis.
The Digicel Grandprix is an inaugural six-meet championship where athletes competing at the selected development meets will compete for points to earn a spot in the final at the GC Foster Classic on March 14. The other events in the series include the Western Champs, the Anthrick Corporate Area Meet and Central Champs. The Youngster Goldsmith Classics which was run on February 7 is also part of the Grandprix series.
World Championships 4x400M Relay silver medalist Javon Francis is looking forward to a solid performance in his 2015 season opener at the Camperdown Classics. Francis will be looking to get back to transporting form, as he is vividly remembered by Jamaicans for his spectacular transportation of the relay baton from fifth to second, in what was a historic moment in Jamaica’s track and field history.