Full name: Mark Anthony Lewis-Francis
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 196 lbs (89 kg)
Born: September 4, 1982 in Darlaston, Walsall, West Midlands, Great Britain
Affiliations: Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR)
Country: Great Britain
Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)
As a junior Mark Lewis-Francis was widely touted as the next great superstar of sprinting and won the World Youth and World Junior titles in successive years in 1999 and 2000. He passed up a relay place at the Sydney Olympics to concentrate on the World Juniors. At the start of 2001 he made his senior début for Great Britain at the World Indoor Championships and won a bronze medal in the 60 metres. As the year progressed he added the Europa Cup and European Junior 100 metre title to his portfolio and was chosen for the 2001 World Championships. Lewis-Francis was eliminated in the semi-finals at Edmonton after appearing to have broken the 10 second barrier in his quarter-final, but the time was not ratified due to a faulty wind gauge. He might have expected to pick up a first major gold medal in 2002 but he pulled up injured in the final of the Commonwealth Games 100 and was unable to recover in time for the European Championships. Lewis-Francis’s first Olympic Games started with disappointment when he missed qualification for the 100 m final at Athens by only one position but ended in tears of joy as held off the challenge of former Olympic Champion Maurice Greene to anchor the British quartet home to an improbable victory in the sprint relay. From then on his best performances appeared to be restricted to relay races. He helped the British win bronze medals at both the 2005 and 2007 World Championships and England to win the 2006 Commonwealth Games relay team. An Achilles tendon injury robbed him of a chance to defend his Olympic relay title in 2008 and it appeared that the best days of his athletics career might be behind him. He then had a much better 2010 in which he won silver medals in the 100 m at both the European Championships and Commonwealth Games and added a further Commonwealth relay gold in Melbourne.
Personal Best: 100 – 10.04 (2002).
|2004 Summer||21||Athina||Athletics||Men's 100 metres||Great Britain||GBR||5 h1 r3/4|
|2004 Summer||21||Athina||Athletics||Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay||Great Britain||GBR||1||Gold|
|2004 Summer||21||Athina||Athletics||Great Britain||Semi-Finals||Heat One||5||10.28||0.163||5|
|2004 Summer||21||Athina||Athletics||Great Britain||Quarter-Finals||Heat One||2||QU||10.12||0.162||5|
|2004 Summer||21||Athina||Athletics||Great Britain||Round One||Heat Two||1||QU||10.13||0.149||5|
|2004 Summer||21||Athina||Athletics||Great Britain||GBR||Final||1||38.07||3|
|2004 Summer||21||Athina||Athletics||Great Britain||GBR||Round One||Heat Two||2||QU||38.53||1|