Francis among Bloomfield's favourites

May 27, 2016
Gladstone Taylor/Freelance Photographer Javon Francis
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Javon Francis has a fan in rising star Akeem Bloomfield, who names the former Calabar standout as one of his favourite athletes. Bloomfield, who lowered Francis' Boys and Girls' Championships 400 metre record from 45.00 to 44.93 seconds in 2015, described him as courageous.
Bloomfield said he has a number of athletes whom he admires.
"I have many people I look to for inspiration like Javon Francis, Usain Bolt, and Yohan Blake.
"Javon Francis, for the way he runs his 4x400 legs, I find him very courageous and I talk to him personally, and he's a very good guy," he said.
Francis was praised for his surging 44-second flat anchor leg at the 2013 World Championships. That effort secured the silver medal for Jamaica.
However, though his final leg of 43.5 seconds matched the fastest ever by a Jamaican, Francis was criticised for his approach at last year's World Championships, where Jamaica missed the bronze by a whisker. Bloomfield received similar criticism at this year's Boys and Girls' Championships as Kingston College lost the 4x400 relay to Calabar. Bloomfield, the Kingston College captain, zoomed to the fastest relay leg by a Jamaican high school student athlete: 44.5 seconds. Like Francis and the World Championships, Bloomfield set a fast early pace and tired at the end.
The Kingston College upper sixth-former also outlined the virtues of Bolt and Blake.
"Usain Bolt, for what he has done for track and field in Jamaica, he really transcends it to the next level," said Bloomfield.
Regarding Blake, he said, "He's a very humble guy and I respect him."



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