44.00 seconds split for Francis on 4x400m anchor leg, Steele 44.20
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
Eighteen-year-old schoolboy Javon Francis ran a 44.00 seconds split on the anchor leg to help Jamaica to a big silver medal in the men's 4x400m at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics inside the Luzhniki Stadium on Friday night.
Francis received the baton from Omar Johnson, who had a 45.50 split on the third leg, in fifth position, but made his move on the backstretch, rounding the Belgian, Great Britain and Russian anchor leg runners to hold on for the silver medal in 2:59.88, the same time that got Jamaica a silver medal at the Gothenburg championships in 1995.
The United States won gold in 2:58.71, while Russia were third in 2:59.90.
Second leg man Edino Steele had the second best split on the team, with a strong 44.20, while lead off man Rusheen McDonald, who said after the race that his legs felt 'dead' on the backstretch, ran his leg in 45.80.
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6:30 AM Men's Marathon Final
9:00 AM Women's High Jump Final
9:20 AM Women's 100 Metres Hurdles Semi-Final
Andrea Bliss (Heat one
Shermaine Williams (Heat two)
Danielle Williams (Heat three)
9:35 AM Men's Javelin Throw Final
9:55 AM Women's 5000 Metres Final
10:45 AM Women's 4x400 Metres Relay Final
*10:50 AM Women's 100 Metres Hurdles Finals
11:05 AM Men's 200 Metres Final
Usain Bolt (Lane 4)
Nickel Ashmeade (Lane 6)
Warren Weir (Lane 8)
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