LEWIS-FRANCIS Mark < Back  
Sport Athletics, Bobsleigh
CGA England   
Gender Men
Born 04 Sep 1982 in Birmingham, ENG
Height1.80 m
Weight 95 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Son Romeo.
Residence London, ENG
Occupation Athlete
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started at age 12 when his father took him to see if athletics would suit him.
Club / Team Birchfield Harriers: Birmingham, ENG
Name of coach Linford Christie
Coach from which country? England
Coach from what year? 2005
Training Regime He spends his time in the gym, on the track and bounding.
International Debut
Year 1999
Competing for Great Britain
General Interest
Nicknames 'MLF', 'Darlaston Dart'. (sundaymercury.net, 27 May 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the 4x100m at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (BBC Sport, 21 Apr 2008)
Most influential person in career Former athlete and current coach Linford Christie. (guardian.co.uk, 01 Sep 2007)
Hero / Idol Athletes Carl Lewis and Linford Christie. (The Observer, 07 Jul 2002)
Injuries He tore a quadriceps muscle in June 2012, just one week before the Olympic trials. It was his second quadriceps injury of the season. (standard.co.uk, 28 Jun 2012)

He sustained a partial tear in his Achilles tendon during training in Cyprus in April 2008. He required an operation to limit the damage and was forced to miss the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China as a result. Due to his injury, he missed out on the 2008 season. (BBC Sport, 21 Apr 2008; England CWG Handbook Guide, 2010)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs Before most races, he will drop to one knee and say a quick prayer. He will then turn smartly, clap his hands vigorously twice and jump high into the sky clenching a fist, as if celebrating the winning goal in an FA Cup final. (UK Athletics, 08 Nov 2001)
Awards and honours He was awarded an MBE [Member of the Order of the British Empire] in the 2005 New Year Honours List for his services to athletics. (BBC Sport, 31 Dec 2004)

He was named British Junior Male Athlete of the Year in both 2000 and 2001, the first man ever to win this honour twice. (UK Athletics, 30 May 2002)
Other information NO OLYMPICS IN 2000
He turned down the chance of running at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney to concentrate on winning two gold medals at the World Juniors in Chile in October. He finished third at the UK Olympic trials. (athleticsnet.com, 09 Nov 2001)

DOPING BAN
He tested positive for cannabis after winning the silver medal in the 60m at the 2005 European Indoor Championships in Madrid, Spain. He was stripped of the medal and given a public warning by UK Athletics. He avoided a two-year ban by claiming that he had not intentionally ingested the drug. (BBC Sport, 13 May 2005)