Coach Glen MIlls knows a bit about Usain Bolt. And what would one expect? Someone who observes you day after day, year after year, workout after workout. There is talent around the world, much that never pans out. What made Bolt go from star junior to star elite open athlete? Coaching is a huge part of it. Here is what Coach Mills has to say about Usain Bolt, as Bolt prepares for 2012....
Mills about Bolt
KINGSTON (JAM): Racers TC head and respected coach Glen Mills said in an interesting interview with London Evening Standard that Usain Bolt could be better in London than in Beijing or Berlin but the questionmark remains over weather. "He can do better than Beijing and Berlin but I'm not certain of the weather in London," says Mills. "It's very tricky but if the weather is right and the climate is warm, he can do it." Of the 4x400m ambition of Bolt he said: "It's a desire but there's a lot more to it than what he says. First, there's a trial where the quarter-milers are selected. It depends on what the national body of athletics decides here in Jamaica. It's not for us to say. We can express a desire but Usain is not going to run the 400m at the trials so it would have to be a decision by the association on it." Coach Mills believes that Bolt's future lies away from the 100m and towards the 200m and 400m. He adds for London Evening Standard: "He has all the attributes to be a quarter-miler but he hasn't taken a liking to the event. He works hard at the sprints but I guess the 400 m isn't for him. When he's not as fast maybe the quarter-mile will be the option for him. Everybody wants to be a winner and he's just that in his events. He may have a change of heart in the future."
Coe replaces Merlo
MONACO (MON): New Chairman of IAAF Press Commission is Vice-President Sebastian Coe. He replaced Italian Gianni Merlo, the AIPS President. New persons heading IAAF commissions (named, not elected) are legendary pole vaulter and Vice-President Sergy Bubka (Development, replacing Lamine Diack), former 200 m world champion Frank Fredericks (Athletes, replacing Alberto Juantorena), Canadian Jack Agrios (Juridical Commission, replacing Lauri Tarasti of Finland) and Briton David Bedford (Road Running, replacing Brazilian Robert Gesta De Melo). Other seven chairmen remained from previous four years period. Victor Lopez leading the Coaches Commission, Senior Vice-President Bob Hersh the Competition Commission, IAAF President Lamine Diack as head of Finance and Budget Commission, Juan Manuel Alonso in Medical and Anti-Doping Commission, Jamel Simohamed as School and Youth Commission chairman, Dahlan Al Hamad leading the Sustainable Development Commission and Alex Gilady the Television Commission. The only commission which will have a chairman only later after next IAAF Council meeting in Spring is the Marketing and Promotion Commission (head until now was German Helmut Digel).
Tamgho in danger
PARIS (FRA): Triple jump world indoor record holder Teddy Tamgho is currently in Florida at training camp for olympic preparation. But in the mean-time he must appear next week before the Disciplinary Committee of French Athletics Federation. Tamgho must explain his violent altercation with another unnamed athlete in October in Boulouris during a rehabilitation stay after his surgery. Informs L´Équipe. He had similar problems already in 2008. If banned his olympic participation could be in danger.
Noguchi to compete next weekend
TOKYO (JPN): News from Japan running scene. Marathon olympic winner 2004 Mizuki Noguchi will run Sanyo Women's Road Race (half marathon) in Okayama on Dec 23. It will be her first half marathon since May of 2008 when she won the Sendai Half marathon. Other major contenders in Sanyo Road race are Yukiko Akaba, Megumi Kinukawa and Mai Ito. Another top Japanese female runner Masako Chiba, only runner other than Paula Radcliffe to win a medal at both 10 000m and Marathon at the World Championships, married to a track cyclist. Osaka Ladies Marathon will be Kiyoko Shimahara's last marathon (unless she is selected to the Olympic team) as she plans a baby break.
SARANSK (RUS): Russian TV Channel Russia 2 will broadcast the IAAF Race Walking World Cup next May in Saransk. It will also secure the signal which is expected to be seen in nearly 60 countries. The main city of Mordovia Republic is in full preparation for its first global event on May 12-13. The World Cup will be part of the celebration of 1000 years since Mordovian people united with Russians. Competitions will be held in the center of the city, the race course is under construction currently and should be ready in April for the necessary measurements and certifications. Test event will be held too, Mordovian Championships. Charter flights from Moscow should transport the athletes to Saransk. It should be noted that nearly all top current Russian walkers are part of the Saransk training center under guidance of coach Viktor Chegin.
SAN JUAN (PRI): Cuba's World and Olympic medallists Ioamnet Quintero (high jump world champion 1993), Yoel García (triple jump olympic silver winner 2000) and Aliecer Urrutia (former world indoor record holder in triple jump) will be inducted into the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation (CACAC) Hall of Fame ceremony to be held in Havana on December 18. CACAC chairman Víctor López will travel to Havana for the occasion. Since the first ceremonies were held in 2003, other 50 former athletes, administrators and other athletics representing 11 countries have been awarded. The Hall of Fame inductees are reserved to World and/or Olympic medallists. Other ceremonies will be held in Trinidad and Tobago and Bahamas in January and February, respectively. Informs CAC website.
OTTAWA (CAN): Athletics Canada named today the finalists to its 2011 annual awards by identifying the three finalists for each of its twelve awards categories. The winners will be unveiled next Wednesday December 21, and will be honoured at a banquet following the 2012 Canadian Championships in Calgary, Alta. The finalists and winners are chosen by Athletics Canada's Awards Committee from the nominee pool as put forward by the membership. For the Overall Athlete of the Year Jack Davis Trophy the nominees are shot putter Dylan Armstrong, youth sprinter Christian Brennan and marathon runner Reid Coolsaet.
HALLE (GER): Discus thrower Nadine Muller was voted Sportswoman of the Year in the Saxony region in Germany. She was Daegu silver medalist.
GOLD COAST (AUS): Mark Stockwell has been formally unveiled as the chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, as first revealed on insidethegames. The appointment was officially made by the Governor in Council on the recommendation of Bligh and the President of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) Sam Coffa. Stockwell, a former swimmer who won two silver medals and a bronze at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics, said he would bring to the role extensive experience as an athlete combined with a solid business management background, as well as knowledge and passion for the region's capabilities.
EAUBONNE (FRA): Something special will happen on February 16 in Eaubonne. The traditional indoor meet will be called Femina du Val d'Oise. That means an only-women international meeting. In total 9 events are planned. European 200 m champion Myriam Soumare is the ambassador of the meeting. France will have three international meets in a row next winter. Lievin on February 14, then Eaubonne February 16 and Val du Reuil on February 18.
ST. PETERBURG (RUS): Triple olympic gold medalist famous middle distance runner and former world record holder Tatyana Kazankina celebrates her 60th birthday. Her 3:52.47 at 1500 m is still European record. She has Ph.D. in sports, is author of many scientific articles and books about running.
SPLIT (CRO): European discus champion Sandra Perkovic ended her ban early December, is in full training and has plans for 2012. In the indoor season she wants to compete in shot put, but only at national level. The Croatian record holder in discus is also having the best mark in the country in shot put. 16.99 indoors is the national mark.
DOHA (QAT, Dec 16-17): World junior high jump champion from last year Mutaz Barshim cleared at Arab Games good 230 and achieved new games record. Sudanese record holder Mohamed Idris was second with 224. More meet records in men´s 10 000 m by Bahraini Hassan Mahboob (28:39.88 ahead of Mumin Gala of Sudan 28:43.32), discus 62.29 of Rashid Al Dosari of Qatar and javelin by African champion Ihab El Rahman of Egypt 78.66 m. Sub 2:30 female marathon runner Lishan Dula of Bahrain clocked games record in half-marathon 1:14:18. Male winner Rachid Kisri of Morocco posted 1:04:03. Abdulrahman Bala of Qatar won the 800 m in life-time best 1:45.92 ahead of olympic medalist Ahmed Ismail of Sudan 1:46.60 and Iraqi record holder Adnan Akkar 1:47.18. Saudi Arabian favorite Husein Taher Al-Sabee was only third in long jump (759, +0.3). Winner Saleh Al-Haddad of Kuweit leaped to 783 (+0.2) ahead of Mohamed Gainy of Egypt 781 (-0.1). Good quality also in men´s 400 m won by Asian Champion Yousef Al-Masrahi of Saudi Arabia in new personal best 45.44 ahead of Oman´s Ahmed Al-Merjabi also PB 45.84 and Sudanese Yusif Rabah 45.87. Moroccan sub two minutes 800 m runner Malika Akkaoui won the women 400 m in 53.94 (PB) and another gold for the same country in women´s 400 m hurdles by African Champion Hayat Lambarki (56.72). Men´s 400 m hurdles went to Saudi Arabian Bandar Yahya 50.63. Athletics will continue at the Games on Monday and Tuesday.
PAROW (RSA, Dec 17): Final leg of Yellow Pages Summer Series saw Roscoe Engel clocking a fast double with 15.59 (+2.8) at 150 m and 33.53 in the 300 m. Brent Stevens was the 60 m winner in 6.71 (+1.7). Olympic silver medalist Khotso Mokoena won the long jump with 792 (+3.9, legal 789). Johan Cronje won another mile in the series (4:07.7) and world youth silver medalist Morne Moolman got 81.77 with 700 g javelin (his second best mark ever).
ALLENDALE (USA, Dec 16): Solid 60 m at GVSU Open indoor meet. Rumeal McKinney improved to 6.68 ahead of Shane Crawford 6.71.
DUSSELDORF (GER, Dec 17): German walking champion Sabine Krantz ended her year with a 21:38 at 5000 m walk during a local indoor meet.
ORLEANS (FRA, Dec 17): French junior shot putter Frederic Dagee improved indoors with 6 kg implement to 20.21 m. It is also new French indoor junior record for the 6th placer from European Junior Championships in Tallinn.