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 Olympic relay medallist Javon Francis opened his season over 800 metres at the McKenley Wint Classic at Calabar High School on Saturday (21 Jan).

Akan Track Club’s Francis, who helped Jamaica to silver in the men’s 4x400m relays in Rio last August, ran 1:54.08 to win heat two of the men’s 800m.

He, however, was second overall behind Ricardo Cunningham of Vision Track Club, 1:52.73.

Peters Matthews of Akan finished 5th in 1:54.47, while Martin Manley of Cameron Blazers ended 7th in 1:57.17.

Mario Forsythe of Akan won the men’s 400m in 48.91 ahead of his teammate Wayne McPherson 49.52.

Roneisha McGregor of Hydel, 54.22, beat Samantha James of Mico, 54.70, in the women’s Olympic Development 400m.

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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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