Coach Francis blasts national male sprinters

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Jordan Forte

World renowned track and field coach Stephen Francis has blasted the nation's male sprinters on the back of what some people believe was a disappointing display at the recently-concluded IAAF World Championships in Doha. Of the 12 medals Jamaica tallied, 8 were won on the women's side with only 3 coming on the men's side and one in the mixed mile relay.

The country had no man in the 200 metre final for the first time in over 10 years. Francis says the problem is multi-faceted. He says there is also a problem with the advice being given to the nation's young male athletes.

Tajay Gayle who took gold in the long jump, Fedrick Dacres with silver in the  discus and the men's 4X400m team which took silver, got the medals on the men's side for Jamaica at the World Championships.

In the meantime, Francis also gave an update on the injury situation involving reinging Olympic sprint double champion Elaine Thompson who had to withdraw from the World Championships after the semi-finals of the 200 metres.



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