GB sprinter Lewis-Francis targets 100m and bobsleigh Olympic double

Mark Lewis-Francis has set his sights on competing at Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018 after joining up with GB Bobsleigh.

Lewis-Francis won Olympic gold at Athens 2004 as part of the men’s 4x100m relay team, however he missed the last two Games in Beijing and London due to injury.

And now the 33-year-old is trying his hand at bobsleigh in an attempt to not only reach Rio next year, but also help the squad improve on their fifth-place finish at the 2014 Winter Olympic in Sochi at the next Games in 2018.

“I can be a great track athlete and a great bobsleigher,” he said.

“My problem has always been my start and hopefully bobsleigh can help me improve that because I’d love to make the Rio 2016 team.

“Some of my greatest moments have come in team events, like the 4x100m relay [in Athens], so bobsleigh plays to my strengths.

“I watched the last Winter Olympics on the TV and was very intrigued, but I’ve found it’s not as easy as it looks and I have so much respect for the guys here.

“They [GB] already have a good team and I’m a big lad, I’m strong, I still have a little bit of fast-twitch fibre left too so perhaps with a bit of MLF speed in there we can finish a bit better than fifth.”

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