Alleyne FRANCIQUE

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Grenada Grenada
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    07 JUN 1976
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    172248
Alleyne Francique of Grenada on his way to winning the gold medal in the men's 400m final (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
200 Metres 20.83 St. George's (GRN) 21 JUN 2003
300 Metres 33.08 Eugene, OR (USA) 27 MAY 2007
400 Metres 44.47 Osaka (JPN) 08 MAY 2004
800 Metres 1:54.6h Bridgetown (BAR) 21 JUN 1997
4x400 Metres Relay 2:59.19 Madrid (ESP) 21 SEP 2002

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 45.35 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 24 FEB 2002
500 Metres 1:02.29 University Park, PA (USA) 12 FEB 2000
600 Metres 1:19.96 Boston, MA (USA) 28 JAN 2006
4x400 Metres Relay 3:04.44 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 10 MAR 2001

Legend

* Not legal.

Latest Active Season: 2008

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 45.87 Madrid (ESP) 05 JUL 2008
4x400 Metres Relay 3:05.97 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 26 APR 2008

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
400 Metres 46.82 Birmingham (GBR) 16 FEB 2008

Outdoor

200 Metres

Performance Wind Place Date
2005 21.20 +2.0 Baton Rouge, LA (USA) 23 APR 2005
2003 20.83 St. George's (GRN) 21 JUN 2003
2002 21.21 +0.7 Baton Rouge, LA (USA) 23 MAR 2002

Outdoor

300 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007 33.08 Eugene, OR (USA) 27 MAY 2007

Outdoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2008 45.87 Madrid (ESP) 05 JUL 2008
2007 44.95 Osaka (JPN) 28 AUG 2007
2006 44.64 Rieti (ITA) 27 AUG 2006
2005 44.60 Monterrey (MEX) 11 JUN 2005
2004 44.47 Osaka (JPN) 08 MAY 2004
2003 44.78 Madrid (ESP) 19 JUL 2003
2002 44.72 Poznan (POL) 18 AUG 2002
2001 44.99 Columbia, SC (USA) 13 MAY 2001
2000 46.66 Durham, NC (USA) 08 APR 2000
1999 46.46 Winnipeg (CAN) 24 JUL 1999
1998 47.30 Maracaibo (VEN) 15 AUG 1998

Outdoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2008 3:05.97 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 26 APR 2008
2006 3:00.14 Athina (GRE) 17 SEP 2006
2004 3:00.76 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 24 APR 2004
2003 3:01.09 Philadelphia, PA (USA) 26 APR 2003
2002 2:59.19 Madrid (ESP) 21 SEP 2002
2001 3:01.66 Eugene, OR (USA) 31 MAY 2001

Indoor

400 Metres

Performance Place Date
2007/08 46.82 Birmingham (GBR) 16 FEB 2008
2005/06 45.54 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006
2004/05 46.16 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 11 FEB 2005
2003/04 45.88 Budapest (HUN) 06 MAR 2004
2002/03 46.23 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 15 FEB 2003
2001/02 45.35 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 24 FEB 2002
2000/01 46.31 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 09 MAR 2001
1998/99 48.08 Boston, MA (USA) 13 FEB 1999

Indoor

500 Metres

Performance Place Date
1999/00 1:02.29 University Park, PA (USA) 12 FEB 2000

Indoor

600 Metres

Performance Place Date
2005/06 1:19.96 Boston, MA (USA) 28 JAN 2006

Indoor

4x400 Metres Relay

Performance Place Date
2001/02 3:04.75 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 24 FEB 2002
2000/01 3:04.44 Fayetteville, AR (USA) 10 MAR 2001

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. 400 Metres 44.66 Athina (GRE) 23 AUG 2004

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
6. 400 Metres 46.23 Edmonton (CAN) 06 AUG 2001
7. 400 Metres 45.48 Paris (FRA) 26 AUG 2003

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 45.54 Moskva (RUS) 12 MAR 2006
1. 400 Metres 45.88 Budapest (HUN) 06 MAR 2004

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 4x400 Metres Relay 2:59.19 Madrid (ESP) 21 SEP 2002
2. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:00.14 Athina (GRE) 17 SEP 2006
4. 400 Metres 45.30 Athina (GRE) 16 SEP 2006

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 400 Metres 45.51 Santo Domingo (DOM) 08 AUG 2003
5. 400 Metres 45.49 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 25 JUL 2007
8. 4x400 Metres Relay 3:09.50 Santo Domingo (DOM) 09 AUG 2003

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. 400 Metres 45.25 Monaco (MON) 13 SEP 2003
5. 400 Metres 45.27 Monaco (MON) 18 SEP 2004
6. 400 Metres 45.28 Stuttgart (GER) 09 SEP 2006
7. 400 Metres 46.27 Stuttgart (GER) 22 SEP 2007
7. 400 Metres 45.78 Monaco (MON) 09 SEP 2005

Honours - Commonwealth Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. 400 Metres 45.09 Melbourne (AUS) 22 MAR 2006
5. 400 Metres 45.47 Manchester (GBR) 28 JUL 2002

Honours - CAC Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 400 Metres 45.27 St. George's (GRN) 05 JUL 2003

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. 200 Metres 20.83 St. George's (GRN) 21 JUN 2003
1. 400 Metres 45.89 St. George's (GRN) 21 JUN 2003
Results in:

400 Metres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
19 APR 2008 Baton Rouge LSU Alumni Gold USAUSA F F 7. 46.98
01 MAY 2008 Baie Mahault FRAFRA E F1 6. 46.21
08 MAY 2008 Fort-de-France Meeting du Conseil Général FRAFRA E F 4. 46.17
17 MAY 2008 Port-of-Spain Hampton Games TTOTTO E F1 3. 46.32
27 JUN 2008 Villeneuve d'Ascq Meeting Lille Métropole FRAFRA C F2 7. 46.37
02 JUL 2008 Milano International Meeting ITAITA E F1 5. 46.38
05 JUL 2008 Madrid Meeting de Atletismo ESPESP B F1 5. 45.87
09 JUL 2008 Thessaloniki Olyimpic Meeting GREGRE C F1 5. 46.34
16 JUL 2008 Luzern Spitzenleichtathletik SUISUI C F1 2. 46.12
18 JUL 2008 Cagliari Meeting Terra Sarda ITAITA E F 2. 46.66
18 AUG 2008 Beijing Olympic Games CHNCHN OW H5 6. 46.15

400 Metres Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
26 JAN 2008 Glasgow Norwich Union Invitational GBRGBR E F DQ
31 JAN 2008 Linz Gugl Indoor Meeting AUTAUT E F 7. 49.03
09 FEB 2008 Valencia Reunion Internacional ESPESP B F 2. 46.98
13 FEB 2008 Athens Athina 2008 GREGRE B F 3. 46.92
16 FEB 2008 Birmingham Norwich Union Indoor GP GBRGBR B F 6. 46.82
07 MAR 2008 Valencia IAAF World Indoor Championships ESPESP GW H5 5. 48.64

4x400 Metres Relay

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
26 APR 2008 Philadelphia Penn Relays OD USAUSA D F 5. 3:05.97


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(Date: 8 March 2006)

Alleyne FRANCIQUE, Grenada  (400m)


Born 7 June 1976 in St Andrew’s, Grenada
Lives in College Station, Texas
Coached by Pat Henry


Everybody knows how big an achievement it is to appear on a postage stamp. Alleyne Francique, though, was quite satisfied to appear on a phone card. A special edition was launched in his native Grenada in 2004, to help fund the nation’s Olympic team.

For a time, it appeared that Alleyne would always be a bridesmaid, never a bride. He had made consecutive World Championships finals in the 400m dash (7th in 2001 and 2003), and he had been twice a National Collegiate Athletics Association silver medallist indoors and out. But the tall Grenadian, built like a quarter-miler should be, lean frame and angular limbs, began to come of age in 2002, when he dominated the NCAA Indoor Championships. His 45.35 seconds in the heats for Louisiana State University remains one of the fastest ever.

It was not until 2004 however that the then 28-year-old really emerged. He had a world medal already to his name – his 45.25 was good for third in the inaugural World Athletics Final in 2003 – but in 2004 he won his first major title at the World Indoor Championship, clocking 45.88 in Budapest.

After dominating the 2004 Grand Prix season with three wins and a second place finish, it was reasonable that a lot was expected of Alleyne at the Olympics. Yet, he struggled in Athens, running fourth in 44.66 from lane 8 after barely making the final.

A major talent, and one of the genuine stars of global athletics, Alleyne would have been lost to the sport had he pursued his childhood dreams of playing cricket or soccer. But his ability in the 200m and 400m races became obvious and undeniable.

At the age of 21, Alleyne left Grenada – the Spice Isle – to take up studies at New Jersey’s Essex County Community College, where he showed enough ability to earn a scholarship to LSU. And it was here that Alleyne’s gifts would be nurtured by a man he considers almost a father.

Pat Henry, LSU’s head coach, replaced the father who had been absent in Alleyne’s upbringing. The eldest of six children, Alleyne has remarked that all the way up to St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School, there were days when he could not concentrate for hunger.

Today, his powers of concentration became such that Alleyne has helped a whole new generation of Grenadians focus on athletics. Keith Mitchell, Prime Minister of Grenada, rang the World Champion and four-time Sports Personality of the Year up after his Budapest win.

Dr Mitchell was just one of thousands of Grenadians who followed Alleyne at World Indoors and the Olympics. The following year, Alleyne was named a Grenada ambassador at large, and he has since signed a sponsorship deal with Nike.

Before the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, he spent a lot of time in Grenada recovering from an injury he picked up competing indoors. Though he did contest the 400m at the World Championships in Helsinki, his 46.59 could not get him past the semifinals.

Alleyne however has now fully recovered and started 2006 with a bang, running three of the top 20 times in the world, topping his series of 46.19, 46.19, 46.10 with a tremendous run of 45.80 in Liévin. He would certainly be looking forward to showing that he can live up to great expectations at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow.

Progression
44.60      Monterrey 11 06 2005
44.47      Osaka 08 05 2004
44.78      Madrid 19 07 2003
44.72      Poznan 18 08 2002
44.99      Columbia, SC 13 05 2001
46.46      Winnipeg 24 07 1999


Prepared by Terry Finisterre for the IAAF Focus on Athletes project. © IAAF 2006.

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