Francis wants to do something special
Javon Francis produced one of the most memorable legs in Jamaican 4x400m history when he pulled Jamaica to a silver medal finish at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow but the gifted athlete is promising something just as special here, as the IAAF World Relays gets underway.
Francis, received the baton in fifth place in Moscow, but produced a blistering 44.00 seconds anchor leg split to power to the second place position and hold on for the silver medal, catapulting himself into local mile relay folklore and raising hopes about the country's future in the event.
It's a night that he still thinks about and one that keeps him motivated to keep working hard.
The Akan Track Club man, who missed last year's World Relays because of injury, is looking forward to the competition here and is hoping that his team will be able to test the Americans and the Bahamians and secure a podium spot, particularly after last year's dropped baton disappointment.
"I'm pretty excited to go out there with the rest of the 4x400m team, it's a wonderful pleasure to me to be here," said Francis, who is somewhat of a hit among the Jamaicans supporters here.
"I still think about that night in Moscow and I am going to see if I can produce something just as special or even better than that here for our fans," said Francis.
Capable of testing US, BAHAMAS
Francis, whose also represented Jamaica in their third place finish in the 4x400m at last week's Penn Relays believes the team is capable of testing the USA-Bahamas duopoly and also took time out to share some encouragement for schoolboy Nathon Allen who joins the squad here in The Bahamas as a first time national senior team athlete.
"I think the entire team is really focused, we are determined to first of all go out there and make it to the final and then give it our best. I am here to perform at my best. We all are. I've been approached by a lot of fans since I got here. A lot of people want to see what Javon Francis can do, and I want to go out there and help my team to a podium finish," he said.