The 2000 IAAF World Junior Championships were all about Mark Lewis-Francis and his excellent double-gold and double championship record performances at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile.
The British team arrived in Latin America off the back of one of the most successful championships in their history as they finished third in the medal table in Annecy, France, with seven medals to their name, including four gold.
There was plenty of expectation on the shoulders of Lewis-Francis following off the back of what Christian Malcolm had accomplished two years earlier when he became the first British man to successfully win a sprint title at the championships, winning both the 100m and 200m in world under-20 leading times.
The Birchfield Harrier began his campaign to ensure the crown would remain with a British athlete in perfect fashion as he qualified for the final fastest in his heat in 10.13s.
He continued his excellent run of form by winning his semi-final in 10.24s, before turning on the afterburners once again in the final, cutting the tape with a huge winning margin in 10.12s, matching Malcolm’s championship record set two years previous.
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