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I'm a patient coach, I'm under no pressure, says Bolts coach Glen Mills

31 July 2008

Glen Mills Glen Mills
By Gary Smith

Usain Bolt has been tipped by the pundits to dominate the sprint events at the forthcoming Olympic Games next month, but his coach Glen Mills says he is under no pressure to make hasty decisions.

Mills, a veteran sprint coach who is responsible for Bolt's successes at the senior level, will in the coming weeks make a decision on whether the Jamaican runs the both sprint events in Beijing or just his specialty, the 200m.

Bolt, the world record holder over 100m, has falling in love with a distant he is not too familiar with, and while everyone wants to see the 21-year-old attempt the double, Mills said he is a patient coach and will pick what's best for his pupil.

"I'm under no pressure," he said. "We've spent four years working on the 200 metres, though.

"We want to give him the best chance of glory at all times. But you have to plan and ensure that you're not just going into it because there's a chance of glory.

"Instead you have to go in and ensure your chance is solid. A silver and a gold is not bad but I'm a patient coach.

"I like to dot the i's and cross the t's with everything that is within my control," he added.

Bolt has been raising eyebrows this he world by storm this season with his out-of-the-box performances and an appetizing three-way clash between Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and himself is what the global track and field supporters want to see.

Yet, in spite of his fruitful results thus far, it seems as though Mills is not yet convinced Bolt is experienced enough to run the 100m in China.

"For the 100m you have to be extremely experienced at this level. In Stockholm he got left at the start and just got up and ran and abandoned all his technique - that was a result of inexperience," Mills pointed out.

"We had a plan and we embarked on that at the beginning of the season. That was to concentrate on the 200m and use the 100m to improve speed for it.

"At the end of last season when I assessed his performance and assessed his competitors, the only person who was able to beat him was someone with a faster 100m time.

"So we wanted to get the 100m as fast as the people he's competing against in the 200m and maybe we can run them both at next year's World Championships. That was the plan."

The world 200m bronze medallist from Osaka, last year, leads the world in both the 100m and 200m this season.

His world record of 9.72-seconds is the quickest this year in the 100m, while his career best and national record performance of 19.67sec is the fastest half-lap time in 2008.

Bolt, who failed to surpass the heats four years ago in Athens, is now one of the top sprinters in the Jamaican 52-member track and field squad for the Games, which get underway from August 8-24.

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