We will be on top form - Lewis-Francis
July 23, 2012 16:00 pm
Team GB athlete Mark Lewis-Francis is confident he and his 4x100 metre relay colleagues can put Great Britain in contention for Olympic gold once again.
Lewis-Francis returns to the Games at London 2012 as a veteran of the victorious quartet in Athens eight years ago. As well as Lewis-Francis, Team GB have veterans Dwain Chambers and Christian Malcolm in addition to new world junior champion Adam Gemili among their eight-man squad registered for the event.
Lewis-Francis, who missed Beijing 2008 through injury, said: "I feel very lucky and privileged to be part of this team and I can't wait for it to start. The boys are looking really good. We have got a lot of relay practice coming up in the next few days. I think we can be in the final and be in the mix for the final."
The relay will culminate with the final on the penultimate day of athletics competition. The United States are the favourites for the event while champions Jamaica, with the likes of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake in their ranks, are also strongly fancied.
Lewis-Francis is not concerning himself with the opposition yet and is focusing only on his own training, that of the team and - not least - the perennial problem of getting the baton around the track.
The 29-year-old Birchfield Harrier, who is not competing individually at the Games, said: "We messed up once with the baton in Helsinki, we had another competition at Crystal Palace and got the baton round but the time wasn't great. There is everything to work on but by the time the Olympics come round I am sure we will be on top form.
"The greatest experience for me is 2004 when I won the gold in the 4x100. This is London 2012, this has got to be the best. The home Olympics, the crowd is going to be behind us, it is going to be an epic atmosphere. I am looking forward to it.
"The last time I competed in front of a home crowd was in Manchester in 2002 at the Commonwealth Games.
"For me to compete in London 2012 in front of a home crowd is a dream come true.
"I am injury-free, I feel good and my spirit is where it needs to be. I am ready to go."
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