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Francis rubbishes Akan departure rumour

Published:Tuesday | September 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMAkino Ming/Staff Reporter
Francis

Quarter-miler Javon Francis has denied rumours that he has left his long-time coach Michael Clarke and is now based overseas.

"I am still in Jamaica and everybody will see that soon," Francis said.

The Gleaner has been reliably informed that the former Calabar High School standout is now based in Texas and is being guided by Darryl Woodson.

It is reported that Francis has made attempts to switch to another club based in Jamaica but he was not able to come to an agreement and decided to go overseas. However, Francis has denied it all.

Clarke has also refused to comment on the matter.

Francis won the hearts of local track and field fans when he ran a superb 4x400m relay leg to win Jamaica a silver medal at the 2013 IAAF World Athletics Championships while he was still a student at Calabar. He was also a part of the 4x400m relay team that won silver at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. A year earlier, he ran his lifetime best of 44.50 seconds. But since 2016, he has not been able to break the 45 seconds barrier.

Last season, his best time (45.11) came at the Commonwealth Games, where he won a bronze medal.