Sportspersons no matter what they achieve, always are indebted to their coaches for shaping out their careers in ways which they never thought of. Be it Sachin Tendulkar, Lionel Messi, Michael Phelps, Vishwanathan Anand or any other player, each of them is incomplete without their coach. The person who taught them the little details of the game, who put in the hard hours with them, to make them the champions they are. We bring you some of the great coaches in the history of sports.
Glen Mills, Coach of Usain Bolt
Usain Bolt had approached Mills after the 2004 Athens Olympics. Bolt who was a 200m specialist in his early days, was made to improve his stamina so that he can run the 400m race. But Bolt wanted to run the 100m and Mills had one condition, that he would have to beat the national record in 200m race. During the Jamaican Championships in June 2007, Bolt broke Donald Quarrie’s 36 year old record by winning it in 19.75 seconds.
Before the Beijing Olympics 2008, Bolt would work on his speed for the 100m run, while Mills made sure that he was building up the required stamina to run in the 200m race also. The efforts of the duo paid rich dividends as Bolt not only claimed the gold in the both the 100m and 200m race, but created World Records as well.
Bolt gave credit for his performances to Mills saying that it was his coaching that made all the difference.
A sports enthusiast since 2003 with my first experience of connecting with sports being the Cricket World Cup 2003. Studying Engineering in Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, University of Delhi, but pretty sure will not become an Engineer.