Mills most successful 100m coach of all time

August 26, 2016
Glen Mills (left) speaks with his athlete Usain Bolt at the UWI Bowl on June 6.

Glen Mills has been a master sprint coach for decades. From his achievements at Camperdown to his winning work with Kim Collins, Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, Mills has earned worldwide respect.

At the recently concluded Olympic Games, Bolt added another glowing accolade to the master's portfolio. When Bolt crossed the line in the Olympic 100m final, the victory made Mills out-lean American Tom Tellez in the race to be the most successful 100m coach of all time.

Tellez coached Carl Lewis to Olympic 100m gold medal victories in 1984 and 1988. Mills has now directed Bolt to the top step of the podium in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

smooth striding

Lewis and Bolt both have won the 100 three times at the World Championships. The American won three in a row, with smooth striding triumphs in 1983, 1987 and 1991. That last one was special as Lewis finished fast to set a world record 9.86 seconds.

He may have won more often if the World Championship had been staged every two years as they have been from 1993 onward.

Bolt whizzed to a world record 9.58 seconds when he ran the World Championships 100 for the first time in 2009. He also took the title in 2013 and 2015. However, he lost the 2011 race when he fell victim to the zero tolerance false start rule which was being used in the World Championships for the first time.

Blake seized the moment and sped to victory.

Immortalised in the memorable 'Chariots of Fire' movie, Great Britain's Sam Mussabini coached two sprinters to the Olympic 100m title. Mussabini steered Reggie Walker of South Africa to the gold in 1908.

Sixteen years later, as documented in 'Chariots of Fire', he trained Harold Abrahams to Britain's first victory in the Olympic 100m.

While Mills is the maestro, Mussabini is credited with the most memorable quote in sprinting history.

"Only think of two things the report of the pistol and the tape.When you hear one, run like hell until you break the other."

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