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Former Racers athlete to wear UK's colours

Published:Tuesday | April 11, 2017 | 4:39 PM

LONDON, England (CMC):

British athletics authorities have confirmed the transfer of Antigua and Barbuda sprinter Miguel Francis to represent the United Kingdom.

The 22-year-old, who was born in Montserrat but represented Antigua, applied for the transfer prior to the Rio Olympics and is now eligible to turn out for his new country "with immediate effect".

"British Athletics can confirm it has received confirmation from the IAAF that Miguel Francis is eligible to compete for the British Athletics team with immediate effect," a statement from British Athletics said recently.

"Francis started the process to transfer allegiance from Antigua & Barbuda in August 2016, prior to the Olympic Games in Rio, and is now eligible to compete subject to meeting the required selection criteria for a Championships team."

Track and field's world governing body, the IAAF, announced last February it had frozen all new applications for transfers of allegiance.

Francis was eligible to compete for Britain by virtue of having been born in Montserrat, a British overseas territory.

A former training partner of sprint legend Usain Bolt under coach Glen Mills, Francis turned out at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 World Championship in Beijing.

Only last year, he set a new Antigua national record in the 200 metres, clocking 19.88 seconds at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston.