Francis matches fastest Jamaican 4x400m relay leg ever

first_img COMBINED TIME Though his effort left Jamaica just short of a medal in Sunday’s World Championship 4×400-metre final, Javon Francis produced a sterling anchor-leg effort. As he did to rescue a silver medal in the same event two years ago, the 21-year-old national champion charged into the lead. In the 2013 World Championships, his anchor was timed at 44 seconds flat. On Sunday, he was even faster at 43.5 seconds. That matched the fastest hand-timed relay split ever, a 43.5 by renowned baton genius Davian Clarke, to finish a national record run of two minutes, 56.75 seconds in the 1997 World Championships. When more precise electronic times are considered, Clarke retains the lead by 0.01, 43.51 to 43.52 for Francis. In 1997, Michael McDonald, Greg Haughton, Danny McFarlane, and Clarke got the silver medal, as did Rusheen McDonald, Edino Steele, Omar Johnson, and Francis in 2013. Unfortunately, despite the anchor leg heroics, Peter Matthews, Ricardo Chambers, McDonald, and Francis just missed a medal on Sunday. They combined for a time of two minutes, 58.51 seconds, the same as Great Britain, but with the photo-finish camera revealing the edge for the British anchorman, Martyn Rooney. This was Francis’ first relay sub-44 clocking. He joins Clarke, Haughton and Seymour Newman as Jamaicans to produce such times on the 4×400-metre relay. Newman was the first, with 43.8 in the 1976 Olympics. Clarke matched that in the heats of the 1995 World Championships. In that race, McDonald, Clarke, Dennis, Blake and McFarlane became the first Jamaican team to break three minutes in 4x400m relay history. The Clarke sub-44 portfolio also includes a 43.81 that took Jamaica to the bronze in the 2005 Worlds and a 43.88 to seal the silver medal at the 1999 Worlds. Haughton’s sub-44 was an urgent 43.88 to connect Jamaica to second place in the 2001 World Championships. The fastest 4x400m leg on record is the 42.9-second anchor by outstanding American Michael Johnson at the 1993 World Championship. That closed a world record run of two minutes, 54.29 seconds.last_img read more

PRRD to provide waste bins for residents; Resiliency Centres close Sunday

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District will provide rural residents with waste bins to help during the clean-up.The PRRD has deployed waste bins to the Compass Service Station in the Wildmare Sub for residents who have flood damaged waste and will be available until July 8, 2016.Anyone affected by flooding who has hauled flood damaged waste to a landfill or Tier 1 transfer station between June 17, 2016 and July 5, 2016 may make a request to the Regional District to be reimbursed for tipping fees until July 15, 2016. – Advertisement -To find out more, please contact our office at 250 784-3200. Please save your receipts.Resiliency Centres close SundayResiliency Centres will only be open until this Sunday, June 26 in both Chetwynd and Dawson Creek.  Anyone who requires clean-up kits or assistance from the Red Cross is encouraged to go to one of the centres before they close.Dawson Creek site is located at the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts10401 10th StreetHours on Saturday and Sunday are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Advertisement Chetwynd site is located at the local Recreation Centre4552 North Access RoadHours Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.If your require further assistance from the Red Cross, please contact the Prince George office at 250-564-6566 or the Regional District office at 250-784-3200Technical Flood Hazard AssessmentsThe Regional District, with approval from Emergency Management BC, will be conducting technical flood hazard assessments on Wildmare, Bissett, Commotion, Stone and Boulder Creeks next week.  Anyone who wishes to share information on creeks in their area are encouraged to contact the Regional District.last_img read more