60 seconds: Lewis-Francis doesn't shake

Wed, 27 Jun 11:02:00 2012

Eurosport spent 60 seconds with British sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis discussing urine-splashed shorts.

Mark Lewis-Francis races BMW - 0

Who were your heroes growing up?

Carl Lewis, Linford Christie and Donovan Bailey. Linford was the main one, being a Brit. My parents were and are an inspiration to me: my mum was a single parent with three jobs and always kept us well-fed and clean. She is still my motivation now. And my kids: they are my future and everything I do in athletics is for them.

What was your first car?

A Golf VR6. It cost 2,000 in 2002.

What would you have done if you hadn’t become a sprinter?

Something around sport. Or a mechanic – I love cars.

What is your most embarrassing moment in athletics?

I once needed the toilet in Birmingham so I ran off in a rush before the race – and I didn’t have time to shake! You could see it on my shorts... that’s happened to me a few times. There will be TV footage of it somewhere on YouTube. I should always wear black shorts...

If you could invite three guests to a dinner party, alive or dead, who would they be?

Jennifer Lopez... Muhammad Ali... and Linford.

What would you cook for them?

Cooking would be a problem... I’d have to get my Mum around!

What would she cook, then?

Some traditional Jamaican cuisine – curried goat and rice, jerk chicken. Nothing healthy! I’ve had to leave that stuff alone this year. I’ve not been to my Mum’s in a long time!

London 2012 Performance team member and 100m sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis tested his acceleration on the Mall against a BMW 320d EfficientDynamics from the London 2012 fleet

Jonathan Symcox - on Twitter @Symco_Eurosport / Eurosport

Not already a Yahoo! user ? to get a free Yahoo! Account