BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 29: Javon Francis of Jamaica competes in the Men's 4x400 Metres Relay heats during day eight of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Javon Francis

Rio Dream 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1Javon Francis anchored Jamaica men’s 4x400m team to a silver medal in the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Jamaica closed out the 17 day spectacle with six gold, three silver and two bronze medals.

Francis, who collected the baton in fourth position from Fitzroy Dunkley, took Jamaica across the line in a season best, 2:58.16.

Francis recorded the 5th fastest split overall, 43.78 to chase Bahamian, Chris Brown (44.20) and Gaonne Leaname Maotoanong from Botswana (45.28).

“I have only good feelings. I said to myself ‘Usain BOLT did it’ so I need to work for a medal,” said Francis after the race.

Peter Matthews led off Jamaica with 45.5 to Nathon Allen, who brought his team back in the race with 44.0
Dunkley, in his first major outdoor championships, said the silver “means everything”

“These guys are my brothers and I know they have been working hard. It’s all about getting in there; we knew we had the talent to do it,” he said.

Bahamas with Alonzo Russell, 45.3, Michael Mathieu, 45.1 and Steven Gardiner, 43.79, and Brown took bronze in a season best 2:58.49.

USA won in 2:57.30.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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