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Javon Francis could return to action at today's JAAA All Comers Meet

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, May 17, 2014    

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World Championships 4x400m relay silver medallist Javon Francis could make a return to action today at the second Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) All Comers Development Meet at the National Stadium starting at 6:00 pm.

Francis, who ran a blistering 45 seconds to erase Usain Bolt's 400m record at the Inter-secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships in March, was later injured and has not competed since.

Francis pulled up in the 200m at "Champs" and also missed the prestigious Penn Relays and was not selected for the IAAF World Relays set for the Bahamas next weekend.

When quizzed if the star schoolboy athlete will participate at the All Comers meet today, coach Michael Clarke had this to say, "I am not sure as yet".

Meanwhile, with the deadline for entries closing today at 3:00 pm, meet director Paul Francis indicated that some of the athletes who are selected for the inaugural World Relays will be in action.

The improving Andrew Fisher, who is the fastest Jamaican this year of the 100m with 10.11 seconds and was second to Justin Gatlin at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet a few weeks ago, will do battle with fellow UTech teammate Julian Forte, who has clocked 10.18 seconds this season.

Racer Track Club's Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Delano Williams of Turks and Caicos will line up in the men's 200m, while Shericka Jackson and Anastasia LeRoy will clash in the women's 400m.

There will be nine track events and four field events as the JAAA continue to give local athletes a chance to prepare heading into the National Championships in June.

Events on are the 100m, 200m, 400m and javelin for both sexes, plus the 1,500m long jump for women, and high jump for men. There will also be the 100m hurdles for women and the 110m hurdles for men.

Entries must be had by 9:30 am each Saturday to be considered an "on time" entry. Any entry after that time will be considered "late" or "on the day" entry, which will attract a penalty fee.

Entry fee is $300 per athlete. Late entry will be $500 per athlete. All athletes must wear the assigned numbers for competing.

Each meet will be approximately three hours in duration and is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm, except where a field event is scheduled to begin earlier. Of note, all field events will feature four attempts for the duration of competition, and not three.

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