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Mills smiling from ear to ear

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2016 | 6:00 AMRaymond Graham

ONE of the happiest persons on Saturday night after the first staging of the JN Racers Grand Prix track-and-field meet was Glen Mills.

Head track and field coach and the man at the helm of the club which boasts the likes of Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole, Mills was smiling from ear to ear.

The meet was a great success, well supported by fans and athletes from all over the world. What was even more significant about the meet was the manner in which it was run. There was great professionalism showed throughout its three-hour schedule.

The last event, the men's 100 metres, went off at exactly 9:30 p.m., the time it was slated to begin.

 

FAN EXPECTATIONS MET

 

"From the organisational standpoint, we were able to meet the expectations of the fans, and that was a key factor for me," said Mills.

Asked to name some of the outstanding performances, he said: "We had several high performances and people were happy to see the 100 metres finishing the meet, and that was a high. You have Miguel Francis (19.88) in the 200m, (Machel) Cedenio (44.38) in the 400 metres, and there were good-quality performances all round across the board; and Johnny Dutch (48.10) started the meet on a high in the 400-metre hurdles with a world-leading performance which set the stage."

After seeing his main charge, Bolt, perform in the 100 metres, Mills was asked about his expectations.

"He is working towards the Olympics, so we will see how it goes," he responded in his usual modest fashion.