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Glen Mills drops Yohan Blake ... Coach cuts ties with 2011 world 100m champion

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2019 | 2:02 PMAndre Lowe
Racers Track Club head coach Glen Mills (right) and sprinter Yohan Blake.

The 2011 World champion Yohan Blake is now being coached by Patrick Dawson, bringing to an end, a 10-year association with Racers Track Club president and head coach Glen Mills. 

Dawson, who serves as Technical Director at the University of the West Indies-based outfit, has taken over the coaching responsibilities for the world's second fastest man in history, after a disagreement between Mills and Blake, led to the veteran coach severing ties with the 29-year-old sprinter.

"That is correct, I do not coach him anymore," Mills told The Gleaner on Thursday.

"We have had our differences and I decided that I am not going to undertake his coaching anymore and he has sought the services of coach Dawson."

Mills has already written to Blake's manager Cubie Seegobin outlining his decision. 

Blake, who told The Gleaner that Dawson was now guiding his programme during Wednesday's Sigma Run launch, first joined Mills at Racers in 2009, after leaving St Jago High School, where he was conditioned by Danny Hawthorne. 

Under Mills' guidance, Blake became the youngest world 100m champion at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea and sped to personal best times of 9.69 seconds in the 100m and 19.26 seconds in the 200m, making his the second fastest in history over the distances. 

Dawson is one of the most senior coaches at Racers Track Club, having worked in the past with the likes of British star Zharnel Hughes and Jevaughn Minzie. He also currently coaches Kenroy Anderson at the club. 

Interestingly, Blake will still work out at the Racers' base at the UWI/Usain Bolt Track, with Dawson executing the sprinter's programme, which is prepared by Mills.

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