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Mills says Jamaican coaches excel despite serious challenges

Friday, September 21, 2012 | 3:31 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The man behind the global exploits of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake says that Jamaican coaches, using meagre resources, have produced world-beaters and deserve a lot of credit.

Glen Mills, president and head coach of Racers Track Club, says the country’s coaches are able to produce the fastest athletes on the planet, despite the challenges.

“It’s a fantastic thing what they have been able to accomplish given the resources that is available to them,” Mills declared.

Mills’ athletes, Bolt, Blake, Warren Wier, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Rosemary White contributed to seven of Jamaica’s 12 medals at the London Olympics.

“They have the talent and our coaches must be lauded for their ingenuity of producing Olympic champion and world champion in less than ideal conditions,” said Mills who spent 22 years as Jamaica’s head coach until three years ago.

Jamaican athletes have been enjoying world domination over the sprint events and their brilliant performances in last month’s Olympics in London remain a major talking point in athletics.

Bolt and Blake, gold and silver medalist in the Olympic 100 and 200metres respectively, were among athletes contributing to Jamaica’s best ever performance at the games.

Mill, 62, who, under his watch, inspired Jamaica to 71 world and 33 Olympic athletics medals, says athletes have trusted his advise over the years.

“I am a person who they are proud of and … they can trust me and take my advice and opinions, and that it means a lot to them” said Mills.

“It’s always good to know that the persons you are working with give you the kind of respect that you worked for and I really appreciate their attitude and support towards me”.

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