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Javon should've saved kick for later

Published:Friday | September 4, 2015 | 1:56 PM


I am not in agreement with Orville Higgins' assessment ('Donkey Man critics forming the ass' - Gleaner, September 4, 2015) of the 4x400m anchor-leg run by Javon Francis.

Now, if his run was to achieve his personal-best time, fine, he achieved it. But if his goal was to win a medal for his team, he could have tactically made a better decision.

This is my take. He had to run fast because he got the baton behind the three men that beat him. What I would have suggested was, after brilliantly catching them up, he should have settled and then looked to kick in the last 100m-150m.

Now I am not an athlete, but I have done a lot of racing in cycling events where you have to chase a breakaway. In essence, you will get up to a much higher speed just to close down the breakaway.

Javon had to make an assess-ment on the spot. In hindsight, he should have recognised that he was up against strong men who did not have to work as hard as he did to close them down. That's where he made the mistake.