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January 17, 2013
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Hurdles legend Sanchez considers future Jamaica coaching role
Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter


Felix Sanchez

Two-time Olympic 400m hurdles champion Felix Sanchez says he would be honoured to some day coach Jamaican quarter-milers and 400m hurdlers, once he hangs up his spikes in a year or two.

Sanchez, who entered the Olympic Games with little fanfare, posted his fastest time in eight years en route to winning the one-lap hurdle event ahead of American Michael Tinsley and gold medal favourite Javier Culson.

A guest at the recent RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year Awards, 35-year-old Sanchez said he is a year or two away from retiring from competitive action and is already eyeing life off the track.

"Maybe I will retire in one or two years, perhaps I can squeeze an extra one out," Sanchez said.

"I was thinking about coaching or maybe becoming an agent, so we will see."

Jamaican champion Leford Green was one of those who finished behind Sanchez in the final at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and the Dominican Republic star believes Jamaica's rich 400m heritage can translate into better performances on the highest level.

quality has dipped

'It would be an honour for me to coach athletes from this country. Jamaica has a rich heritage in the 400m and 400m hurdles, the quality has dipped a little but obviously there are athletes showing real potential and showing up at the Olympic Games," said Sanchez, who went unbeaten in 43 races between 2001 and 2003.

"You had one in the (2012 Olympic Games) final this year, so it's amazing how the US and Jamaica always managed to produce great amounts of athletes. It's amazing this tiny little island continues to create such great athletes it's a testament to what you guys have invested in and what the sport means to this country and I would love to be a part of that," said Sanchez, the 2001 and 2003 world champion.

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