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No problems with Matherson - Harrison

Published:Friday | March 30, 2018 | 12:52 AMAkino Ming
Ricardo Makyn/Multimedia Photo Editor Kingston College sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson competing in the heats of the 100m at the 2018 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships at the National Stadium last week.
KC track and field coach Neil Harrison
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Kingston College’s track and field coach Neil Harrison, said that he was ‘quite fine’ with star sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson being coach by Glen Mills this season.

Matherson was coached by the veteran coach at the Racers Track Club's training based at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.

While stating that he believes that he has the capabilities and the competence to coach Matherson, Harrison said that he was quite fine with the decision and arrangements made with Mills, who has led the careers of top local sprinters such as Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole.

“To be quite honest, I was quite fine with the situation,”Harrison said. “Glenn Mills is an excellent coach and I have no problem with him coaching him [Matherson]. I believe I have the quality and the ability to coach him.”

Under the stewardship of Harrison, Matherson ran personal best times of 10.25 seconds in the 100m and 20.66 seconds in the 200m.

“He ran his personal best with me coaching him. But there are extenuating circumstances surrounding Matherson, some of which, I would really not like to get into,” Harrison said.

“Last year it was said that they lost confidence in coach Harrison because of whatever happened in the 100m finals last year. This year, he was not coached by me. I am wondering if they lost confidence in coach Mills too because a similar thing happened.”

He added: “I think I have the ability to hone talents. Whichever institution I am at, I always perform to the best of my ability. My record speaks for itself. You can look at the performances of various athletes: Delano Williams, Brandon Simpson, Rolando Reid, there are so many great athletes. I don’t think my ability to coach can be questioned.”