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ATHLETICS: Javon Francis withdraws from Paris Diamond League

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 11:08 AM
Javon Francis has been pulled from the 400m at tomorrow's IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris as a precaution against injury.

PARIS, France:
National 400m champion Javon Francis has been pulled from the 400m at tomorrow's IAAF Diamond League meet in Paris as a precaution against injury.

Francis, who this year registered a personal best 44.50 was originally listed to compete against Olympic champion Kirani James in an impressive line-up that also included Jonathan Borlee, US champion David Verburg, South African Wayde Van Niekerk and second place finisher at the Jamaica National Senior Championships Rusheen McDonald, who have all gone below 45 seconds this season.

However, according to information reaching The Gleaner, Francis was withdrawn after the travel arrangements made for him did not satisfy his team led by coach Michael Clarke, who was concerned about the risk of injury especially with the World Championships just around the corner.

"His coach was not comfortable with the travel time allocated for him to travel and compete ... He did not want to take the risk of getting him injured," said a source.

Francis has been replaced by another Jamaican Edino Steele.