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.
Dawson Creek RCMP are on the look out for a stolen laptop.The black IBM laptop computer was removed from the Dawson Creek Hospital over the weekend of May 30th. The computer is of no use to the public as it is password protected and only has software for diagnostic purposes.The laptop, if found, can be dropped off at the Dawson Creek Hospital or the Dawson Creek RCMP Detachment. – Advertisement -If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of the laptop computer they can contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crimestoppers.
The City of Fort St. John gives notice that there will be the following road closures for events on the weekend on August 29th/30th:96th Avenue from the North Peace Arena to 96th Street will be closed from 9:00am on Friday, August 28th to Saturday, August 29th at 5:00pm for the Oilman’s 50th Celebration. In addition, a temporary closure for a parade as part of the celebration will be held on Saturday, August 29th starting at 11:00am down 100th Avenue to 100th Street and south on 100th Street to the Alaska Highway.Also, please be advised there will be limited parking for the North Peace Arena and Leisure Pool from Friday, August 28th to Sunday, August 30th.- Advertisement -102nd Street from the Legion back alley to 105th Avenue will be closed on Saturday, August 29th to accommodate the Legion Summer Festival.The City of Fort St. John appreciates the public’s cooperation.