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American Spearmon could switch training base to Jamaica

29 September 2008

By Gary Smith

American reigning World Championships 200-metres bronze medallist Wallace Spearmon is contemplating a switch in training base to Jamaica for the forthcoming season.

Spearmon, though not inking the final details just yet, is thinking about joining the Maximizing Velocity and Power (MVP) Track Club, which produced two individual Olympic champions in Beijing last month under the guidance of head coach Stephen Francis.

Speaking to the Gleaner this week, Spearmon's manager Ray Flynn confirmed that Jamaica is one of the venues on the shortlist, but also noted that nothing has yet been finalised.

"Jamaica is one of the options," Flynn confirmed. "I think he is looking at different options, but I don't think he has made up his mind yet," he added.

Club president Bruce James also revealed that the American has indeed shown interest in joining the locally based club, but he too said that "nothing has been confirmed on his side or ours."

Should Spearmon put ink to paper and bond with the Caribbean group, he will be training with the likes of former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Nester Carter, as well as Trinidadian former world 100m silver medallist Darrel Brown.

In Beijing, MVP athletes won two gold medals and three silvers. Shelly-Ann Fraser, who became Jamaica's first Olympic female 100m champion and Melaine Walker, who followed retired Deon Hemmings in winning the women's 400m, hurdles topped the list of successors.

Spearmon too had a short stint celebration in Beijing after he rushed home to take a bronze medal in the 200m behind arch rival Usain Bolt until learning he was disqualified for a lane violation. He also won a silver medal in the 200m at the worlds in Helsinki 2005.

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