But he was denied a possible World Junior record as the wind gauge
did not function correctly.
Lewis-Francis, 18, ran a world junior record in the heats, before his time of 9.97seconds was wiped out by a faulty wind gauge
. But come the Olympics in 2004, Lewis-Francis may well be Britain's strongest challenger for sprint glory.
However, his winning time will not be ratified as the wind gauge
reading was just over the legal limit (+2.5mps).
The railway firm has said it did not order the driver to reduce his train's speed because a wind gauge
installed near the bridge never measured winds that exceeded the guidelines.
Lewis-Francis has a personal best of 10.04 sec, although he clocked 9.97sec at the 2001 World Championships which would have been a world junior record but was not ratified because the wind gauge
The Birchfield Harrier, who thought he had broken the world junior record in Edmonton last year but then found the wind gauge
was faulty, was again denied a sub-10 seconds time when running 9.97sec at the windy Yorkshire venue.
A faulty wind gauge
is continuing to deny the world junior champion his full recognition in the history books, the irony being that there was not even the gentlest breeze rippling around the track during his quarter-final.
He will need to repeat the 8.7m jump he achieved two weeks ago at Southend when he was competing without a wind gauge
, if he is to qualify for the World championships.
However, his 15.99sec will stay top of the rankings as there was no electronic timing or wind gauge
in use at the Jarrow venue.
The dredge's wind gauge
had broken early Monday, jammed at 92 mph.
"A certain standard of officials would have had to be at the meeting and the field referee would have to verify the distance and the wind gauge
would have to be checked and verified as working properly.
But he was told after getting back to his team hotel that the world junior record would not count because of a faulty wind gauge