IAAF World ChampionshipTM Silver Medallist a Strong Addition to PUMA’s Athlete Roster
Herzogenaurach, Germany – PUMA is proud to announce a new partnership with rising Jamaican Track & Field star, Javon Francis. The 19 year old IAAF World Championship silver medallist who competes in the 200m, 400m and the 4x400m relay, has huge potential for a glittering career in Track & Field, and is a strong addition to the Global Sports Brands athlete portfolio.
The youngest member of the Jamaican Team at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Francis anchored the men’s 4x400m relay team to a silver medal, starting his lap in fifth place to power through and finish second with an inspired performance. Voted 2014 People’s Sportsman of the year in Jamaica, Francis is already well established at a young age as both a track sensation and extravagant performer.
Francis clocked his best times in the 200m and 400m at the ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ High School Championships, beating an existing record in the 400m by The World’s Fastest Man, Usain Bolt.
“It’s an exciting time,” said Francis about the signing by Puma, one of the world’s leading Sports Brands, designing, developing, selling and marketing footwear, apparel and accessories.
“I am grateful that PUMA recognises my talent and have offered me such support, especially because of the commitment PUMA has for track and field in Jamaica. This partnership is a big moment for me, and I’m proud that they see such potential in me,” he said of the brand that offers performance and sport-inspired lifestyle products in categories such as Football, Running, Training and Fitness, Golf, and Motorsports.
Christian Voigt, Senior Global Head of Sports Marketing at PUMA commented, “We’ve watched Javon develop through the high school programme in Jamaica, seeing him develop into a fine young athlete with considerable potential. His talent, enthusiasm and character suggest he’s a star in the making, and he’s a wonderful fit for PUMA in our new Forever Faster era. We are very happy to have Javon with us, and are excited to see him grow throughout the years ahead.”