For two and a half months last season, Javon Francis was just one stride away from the five-year-old national 400-metre record of 44.40 seconds. Then national teammate Rusheen McDonald blasted the record to 43.93 in the heats of the World Championships in Beijing. Now, with the Olympic Games on the horizon, Francis is happy for McDonald, but says he isn’t chasing records. His focus is on the Games. The former Calabar High School standout just missed the World Championships final last year in Beijing, China, and wants to improve on that at the Olympics. “Right now, I’m staying focused, trying to make the final this year,” he said quietly, but confidently earlier this week. He wishes his national relay teammate well, and noting McDonald’s troubles with injuries, he said: “I hope he stays injury-free. Rusheen is a good guy.” Francis emphasised: “I’m just going to work hard. I’m not going after any record. Records come, records go. “I just want to try to stay focused for the Olympics,” he reiterated, “and just go out there and do my best and represent my country to the fullest.” Now a repeat semi-finalist at the World Championships, the Michael Clarke-coached Akan Track Club athlete bettered his old personal best in 2015. That mark was his 2014 Boys’ Championships Class One record run of 45.00 seconds. Last year, he sprinted past that time on five occasions, with his fastest clocking – 44.50 – coming with McDonald not far behind in 44.60 seconds on June 13 inside the National Stadium. That was McDonald’s lifetime best until his destruction of the national record held by Jermaine Gonzales.
An argument between a man and his wife over the romantic feelings he reportedly developed for their daughter-in-law took a turn for the worst after he allegedly took his life by consuming a poisonous substance.The deceased has been identified as 47-year-old Deodat (only name given), a goldsmith of Waller’s Delight, West Coast Demerara (WCD).Based on reports received, Deodat and his wife, Nandranie, were at their home on Sunday afternoon when they began arguing over his behaviour towards their daughter-in-law.Their daughter-in-law had reportedly complained to Deodat’s wife about the man making advances towards her. As such, the woman confronted her husband.This resulted in a heated argument between the couple during which the man admitted that he had feelings for his daughter-in-law.Shortly after, Deodat’s wife went to work.Around 14:45h, the woman received a phone call from her husband urgently requesting that she returned home. As the woman arrived at their residence, the man informed her that he was going to commit suicide.Moments after making that statement, he ventured into the kitchen and locked the door so that nobody could enter. This prompted his wife to rush outside of the house and peek through a window to ascertain what her husband was up to.The woman told detectives that she noticed Deodat with a ketchup bottle containing a solution to clean gold jewellery.After consuming the substance, he opened the door, placed the ketchup bottle on the ground, and immediately collapsed.He was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where he was pronounced dead on arrival.The ketchup bottle with the poisonous substance that he had placed on the ground before his death was also lodged at the Police Station as investigations continue.