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Mark Lewis Francis

He is Britain?s latest sprint prodigy who made his senior debut in 2001 where he romped past Olympic champion Kostantinos Kenteris.
PTI | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2004 11:35 PM IST

Born: September 06, 1982
Country: Great Britain
Height: 183 cm
Events: Track and Field (100m, 60m, 4x100)

2002 European Indoors: 2nd in 60m, 1st in 100m,
2001 European Cup: 2nd in 4x100m),
2001 European Junior Championship: 1st in 100m
2001 World Indoor Championship: 3rd in 60m
World Junior Championship: 1st in 100m and 4*100m
World Youth Championship: 1st in 100m

He is Britain’s latest sprint prodigy and former 100m world junior champion.

Canada's 100m Olympic gold medallist Donovan Bailey described him as "the most exciting and phenomenal athlete" he had seen in his life.

Mark Lewis qualified to represent Britain at the 2000 Sydney Olympics but at 17-years he opted to go to Santiago, Chile for the world junior championships where he won the 100m gold with a time of 10.12sec.

He made his senior international debut in the European Cup at Bremen, Germany in 2001 where he romped past Olympic 200 metres champion Kostantinos Kenteris over 100m in 10.13sec.

At 19 he became the youngest ever British champion in 2002, a year in which he also bagged silver over 60m at the European indoor championships at Vienna.

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