Mark Lewis-Francis MBE

Mark Lewis-Francis MBE

Originally coached by the late Steve Platt from the age of 12, Mark set UK age group 100m records at 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18, and turned down the chance to run in the Sydney Olympics to chase World Junior Championship gold in Santiago.

In 2001 having set a world junior indoor record over 60m to win world bronze aged 18, he ran a scintillating 9.97 in the quarter-finals at the World Championship, but was denied a World Junior record as the wind gauge malfunctioned.

In 2004 he held off USA’s Maurice Greene to take the British team to gold in the 4x100m at the Olympic Games – making him the youngest British Athletics Olympic champion since 1936.

He was awarded the MBE in the 2005 New Year Honours.

Continuing his success at the 2004 Olympics, Mark Took Bronze at the 2005 World Championships, Gold at the 2006 European championships and Bronze at the 2007 World Championships, all in the 4x100m relay.

Since joining Linford’s training squad Mark has come into superb form. In 2010 he claimed Silver medals at the European Championships and Commonwealth Games in the 100m.

Mark is one of Britain’s main contenders for a medal at the 2012 Olympics when he will be hoping to emulate his Coach Linford Christie’s achievement of Gold in the 100m.

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