[quote]Charlie Francis has been considered a pariah by sports organisations for years but is it because of his deeds, repeated by hundreds of other coaches since, or his testimony [at Canada's Dubin Inquiry] after 1988 which remains unique.
In any case, what does he know about sprinting and why should anyone in Australia listen?
Everyone knows he produced Ben Johnson _ the first athlete to dip into the 9.7s all those years ago.
But he also once coached John Smith who produced the second 9.7 man, Maurice Greene.
Francis designed the training program used by the third man to run 9.7, Tim Montgomery. And Montgomery's coach Trevor Graham _ part of the team that hired Francis _ is now coaching the fifth 9.7 man, Justin Gatlin.
The fourth 9.7 runner is Asafa Powell. When a L'Equipe [the French sports daily] representative caught up with his coach, Steven Francis [no relation] after Powell's first record last year, he had Charlie's Francis's coaching manual in his hands.
This is from CF's clinic brochure. The recent events give it new meaning….all of the men save two (Powell & Greene…the one's who seem to have the largest degrees of separation) he's taking credit for have now tested positive….perhaps instead of persuading readers that CF is the way to under 9.80, it should read that PEDs are the way to running sub 9.80.
people are giving cf a hard time.