Bolt coach goes

(Jamaica Observer) Glen Mills, coach of triple Olympic and World Championship gold medallist Usain Bolt and president of the Racers Track Club, has retired from his post as national senior head coach, ending a 22-year reign.

Last year Mills received Jamaica’s Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander Class for his services to track and field.

Although Jamaican athletes grabbing medals, the politics and drug scandals have cast a shadow over the success.

Mills added: “I leave the scene with the performances being the highest it has ever been in the history of Jamaica’s track and field, so one wonders if it isn’t a paradox that these controversies results in tremendous successes.

“Certainly, it’s not the kind of atmosphere you’d like, but I’m glad that I was able to serve Jamaica in the way that I’ve done and to help in developing the sport that I love so dearly, and it’s time for me to say goodbye to national representation.’

The unassuming veteran sprint coach has been practising his craft for the past 44 year.

“I learnt a lot from the great Herb McKenley whom I succeeded and was his deputy for many of years, from as far back as in the 1970s. I saw a lot of struggles to build the Jamaica team to the level that it has reached today, so it’s time for somebody else to take it now to the other level.’

Under Mills’ stewardship Jamaica captured 71 medals at the World Championships that included 13 gold, 31 silver and 27 bronze.

In that same time period, the country amassed 33 medals at the Olympics – nine gold, 16 silver and eight bronze.

Mills said he had decided to quit as head coach from as far back as the year 2000 after the Sydney Olympic Games.