By Gary Smith, World-Track
Despite setting world records in the 100m and 200m in back-to-back seasons, Glen Mills, the coach of Usain Bolt, believes the Jamaican has not reached his peak potential and will go even faster in the next couple years.
"I’m still not satisfied that he has reached perfection in those areas so we’re still going to be working on the reaction time and the drive phase," Mills was quoted as telling the Jamaica Observer.
Mills, who has been coaching the lanky sprinter since 2004, was also pleased with the improvement he has made during their time together, thus far.
"I’m willing to take a pat on the shoulder because when I started last year with the 100m thinking and looking at his height and his co-ordination… I thought we had a mountain to climb," he said.
"But we have spent hours studying what he does on tapes and films and looking at what I would want him to execute and what I think are the best body angles and so on, and so far we’re making the right decisions.
"I still think that we can do a lot more in that area, but what we need to do is to get him stronger," added Mills.
Trying out the event to work on the speed area for his 200m last season, Bolt raced to 9.76seconds to opened the eyes of the public at the Jamaican Invitational in last May.
He then went on to break the world record when he blasted to 9.72secs at the end of the same month to announced to the world that he is indeed ready to contest the event.
And within months Bolt was crowned Olympic champion — improving his own world record to 9.69.
The 23-year-old came back a season later in Berlin at the world champion to improve the record to 9.58, but Mills still believes there is more work to be done.
"I think we have a lot more that we can do in-terms of the strength aspect of it and this is an area that is slightly behind in his development," said Mills, who has coached several Jamaican top sprinters, including the veteran Raymond Graham.
"I still think that his physical strength, especially for his size, needs to go up several notches, maybe another 20 per cent, and I think when we get there we would have reached where we want to be," he added.