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Christian Coleman Joined By Jamaican Athlete Who Left Country To Train Under a US Legend – All You Need To Know

Published 03/21/2024, 12:47 PM EDT

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Christian Coleman has a new compatriot from Jamaica. While Coleman is making sure his training is top-notch before the Olympics, several other athletes are also joining forces to hone their skills and leave an indelible mark on the stomping grounds of venerable Paris. In fact, some of them are even leaving their motherland to grind ahead of the behemoth games.

This Jamaican female track and field sensation has already made ripples by impressing in the 100m and the 200m disciplines. Having already won the Olympics gold, this athlete has pretty much established herself as a force to reckon with. However, as per the looks of it, the athlete is hell-bent on getting the best possible guidance ahead of Paris. The 22-year-old athlete from Jamaica is hence traveling to Los Angeles for training under a legendary coach who has shaped the destiny of several modern-day track and field greats. 

22-year-old Jamaican Olympic gold medalist seeks greener pastures across latitudes 

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Briana Williams belongs to the elite doyen of Olympic champions from Jamaica in recent years by clocking 11.01s and 7.11s in the 100m & 60m races, respectively. However, apart from her Olympic performance and consecutive World Championships silver, Williams has taken things to the next level. As per recent reports, the 22-year-old has left Jamaica to join the HSI training group in Los Angeles, California. She will be coached by none other than the iconic John Smith. 

Teaming up with Smith is a huge deal for Williams. As a matter of fact, it was Smith’s assistance that played a huge role in the success of Christian Coleman’s emerging as a track and field powerhouse. Naturally, Williams sounded elated after having joined forces with her new coach. Reflecting on the same, the 1x Olympic gold medal winner stated, I’m excited to join a new team and work with coaches who will help me reach my full potential. I’ve achieved a lot so far, but I know I can do even better with the right support and training. I’m looking forward to pushing myself and seeing how far I can go.” 

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She also extended her admiration towards her former coach, Michael Frater, and wished luck to all the members of Dynamic Athletics. However, the coaching prowess of John Smith is not just relegated to names like Christian Coleman and Briana Williams. 

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John Smith’s list of iconic world champion students under his deft tutelage

The HSI training group has been a buzzing arena of champions recently. And a large chunk of the contribution goes to John Smith. Having an impeccable eye for talent, Smith made the likes of Kevin Young and Steve Lewis transform into a legend. While Lewis won 3 Olympic golds at the 1988 & 1992 games respectively, Young broke the 47-second barrier in the 400m hurdles at the 1992 Olympics to secure gold. 

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Smith’s never-ending list of elite athletes also includes English Gardiner and Carmelita Jeter. Being a 2x Pan American Games gold winner himself, John Smith is now fixated on making Coleman & Williams realize their Olympic dreams and etch their names in the track and field folklore forever. 

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