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Phyllis Chanez Francis (born May 4, 1992) is an American track and field athlete.[2] She won the gold medal at the 2017 World Championships in the 400 metres and 4×400 metres relay events.

Phyllis Francis
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Francis at the 2016 Summer Olympics
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1992-05-04) May 4, 1992 (age 27)
Queens, New York
ResidenceCollege Station, Texas
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[1]
Weight157 lb (71 kg)
Sport
CountryUnited States
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Sprinting
College teamUniversity of Oregon
ClubNike Running
Turned pro2014
Coached byVince Anderson
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m: 49.61

200 m: 22.50

800 m: 2:04.83

PrepEdit

Francis was a student at Catherine McAuley High School (Brooklyn)[3] and the University of Oregon, class of 2014.

NCAAEdit

She is the American and Collegiate indoor 400-meter record holder, breaking Olympian Francena McCorory's 2010 record while winning the 2014 NCAA Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship.[4] She is the first Woman to win a 400-meter National NCAA Championship for the University of Oregon, in its history.[5][6]

ProfessionalEdit

2016 OlympicsEdit

Francis placed second in 400 m running a personal best time 49.94 behind Team USA teammates Allyson Felix, ahead of Natasha Hastings at 2016 United States Olympic Trials (track and field) and represented United States at Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics where she placed 5th in the women's 400 m final and won a gold medal in 4x400 meters.[7]

2017 World ChampionshipsEdit

In 2017, Francis became the 400 m world champion by beating Allyson Felix – the defending world champion, and Shaunae Miller-Uibo – the Olympic champion at the 2017 World Championships in London, Great Britain. Her winning time of 49.92 seconds was a new personal best for Francis. Four days later, she won her second gold medal by anchoring the US women's 4 × 400 metres relay team to victory.

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   United States
2011 Pan American Junior Championships Miramar, Florida 3rd 400 m 53.81[8]
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:34.71[9]
2015 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:19.39
World Championships Beijing, China 7th 400 m 50.51
2nd1 4 × 400 m relay 3:23.051
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th 400 m 50.41
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:19.06
2017 World Relays Nassau, Bahamas 1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:24.36
World Championships London, United Kingdom 1st 400 m 49.92 PB
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:19.02
2018 NACAC Championships Toronto, Canada 3rd 200 m 22.91
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 5th 400 m 49.61
1st 4 × 400 m relay 3:18.92

1: Competed only in the heat.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ francis Rio 2016 bio
  2. ^ "Phyllis Francis Track and Field". United States Olympic Committee. July 11, 2016. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  3. ^ "Phyllis Francis puts cozy Catherine McAuley on map". Nydailynews.com. October 9, 2007. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "IAAF SENIOR INDOOR 2014 400 METRES WOMEN – World rankings based on descending performance". iaaf.org. July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  5. ^ "DUCKS BRING TWIN TITLES TO TRACKTOWN". goducks.com. March 16, 2014. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "Phyllis Francis TEAM: Oregon DI, Pac-12, MPSF, DI West ncaa track and field results". tfrrs.org. July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  7. ^ "2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field". usatf.org. July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "2011 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships". USATF.org. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  9. ^ "2011 USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships". USATF.org. Retrieved November 1, 2015.

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