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Glen Mills Interview
  • September 23rd, 2009
Glen Mills

Glen Mills

A chat with Glen Mills by runnerstribe. He shares his thoughts of how Usain Bolt might fare in the 400m and long jump.

Glen Mills C.D is a sprinting athletics coach from Jamaica. He is currently the head coach of the Jamaican Olympics athletics team.

He is also currently coaching world and Olympic record holder Usain Bolt. Other athletes that he has coached in the past include Kim Collins, Dwain Chambers and Ray Stewart.

Mills was approached by Usain Bolt shortly after the Athens Olympics and he became the sprinter’s coach in late 2004. Bolt was initially a 200 metres specialist but Mills suggested that his young charge should improve his stamina to run over 400 metres.

Bolt was more keen on running the 100 metres instead and Mills promised him that he could run in the event on the condition that he beat the 200 metres National Record first.

The Interview

At the 2007 Jamaican Championships in June, Bolt broke Donald Quarrie’s 36-year-old record by 0.11 seconds, running 19.75 seconds. Incidentally, Don Quarrie is also from Camperdown High School.

Mills agreed to Bolt’s demands and let him run the 100 m event. The acceptance of the request paid dividends for both sprinter and coach as Mills was impressed with Bolt’s new drive and focus in training.

By the end of 2007 Mills was pleased with Bolt’s performances and the coaching had improved his technique, particularly with a more efficient stride frequency and better balancing. In a trade-off the two agreed to a two part training programme in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Mills would help Bolt work on his speed for the 100 m initially then turn his focus to the stamina needed for the 200 m. The programme paid off as Bolt set three world records and took gold in both 100 m and 200 m events in Beijing.

Bolt praised Mills, saying it was his coaching which made him improve, not only as an athlete, but also as a person. Despite Bolt’s unprecedented achievements in Beijing, Mills still felt he could improve if his stride frequency was further reduced and his technique perfected.

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