I can take criticism, says Lewis-Francis
Thursday 30 September 2010
Mark Lewis-Francis might have stopped short of applying for membership of the Michael Johnson Fan Club but yesterday he ventured almost as far as thanking the former sprinter for criticising his celebrations after his surprise 100m silver at the European Championships.
Johnson, speaking in the BBC commentary box in Barcelona in July, had said of the Briton: "I didn't appreciate his lack of graciousness, telling his critics, of which I was one, to 'Shush!' Quiet me at the World Championships next year."
Speaking yesterday from the English track and field team's preparation camp in Doha, Lewis-Francis said: "Michael Johnson is a great athlete. I have no qualms with Michael Johnson. I've actually learnt a lot from what he said because he was talking the truth. But in my eyes the European Championships is on the same level as a World Championships or an Olympics as an achievement."
Asked what he had learned from Johnson's comments, Lewis-Francis replied: "I have to stay humble. I don't think I was arrogant in any way. I was just expressing my feelings at the time. For me, it was a big achievement. That was my Olympics. That was my World Championships. If Michael Johnson went through what I went through in the last 18 months he'd know why I said what I said, but I don't let things like that affect me in any way."
In the absence of Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell from the Delhi Games, Lewis-Francis, who endured injury problems and loss of form before his Barcelona success, has an excellent chance of another medal.
Latest in Sport
- 1 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 2 How to turn off/stop 'seen by' on Facebook: Disable it to make your chats seem less passive aggressive
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 'We're not heroes, just tourists': Swedish police officers on holiday stop vicious assault on New York subway
- 5 Buckingham Palace guard who attacked passers-by in 'most most violent piece of CCTV footage' police officer had seen walks free
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...
Voluntary: Cancer Research UK: We’re looking for someone to support our award ...
£70000 - £90000 per annum + bonus + car allowance + benefits: Ashdown Group: H...