Francis makes return to the track with 400m win

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

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JAVON Francis made his long-awaited return to competitive racing to win the men's 400m in a creditable 46.21 seconds at Saturday's JAAA All Comers Meet at the National Stadium.

After being left out of Jamaica's team to the inaugural IAAF World Relays in Nassau, Bahamas, due to an injury he picked up in March at the ISSA Boys'
and Girls' Athletics Championships, Francis made his first appearance in almost two months a
good one.

A couple hours after winning the Class One boys' 400m in a new record 45.00 seconds, Francis pulled up in the 200m and limped off the track with what turned out to be a "grade one strain just between the glutes and the hamstring", his coach Michael Clarke told the Jamaica Observer in April.

Peter Mathews (46.52 seconds) and Annsert Whyte (46.90), both of Racers TC, were second and third, respectively.

World Youth Championships 200m gold medallist Michael O'Hara ran a personal best 10.19 seconds (wind 1.8m/s) to place second in the event behind Winston Barnes of MVP, who won in a season's best 10.17 seconds.

The University of Technology's Adolphus Nevers was third in 10.32 seconds.

Latoya Greaves of MVP won the 100m hurdles in a season's best 13.16 seconds to beat Chrisdale McCarthy of UTech (13.41 seconds) and Peta-Gay Williams (13.47).

Edwin Allen High's Christania Williams won the women's 100m in 11.37 seconds (1.5m/s), while Shimayra Williams of UTech was second in 11.58.

In the throws, O'Dayne Richards won the men's shot put with 20.22m to beat Raymond Brown (18.08m) and Oshane Chambers (15.44m).




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