By Anthony Foster, Trackalerts.com writer
At the conclusion of the XV IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, the exploits of Usain Bolt’s double sprint victory over American Justin Gatlin, headline the airwaves.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s third 100m victory also came in for high praise, so too was Danielle Williams’ surprise 100m hurdles win, along with the men’s and women’s sprint relays as well as Novlene Williams-Mills’ anchor leg which took Jamaica to an upset victory over the USA in the women’s 4x400m.
But, coaches like Stephen Francis, Glen Mills and Lennox Graham are also deserving of commendation
Francis' charges won three individual medals – Fraser-Pryce (100m gold), Elaine Thompson who ran the 6th fastest ever 200m of 21.66 for silver and rising star, Shericka Jackson’s career best run of 49.99 for bronze in the women’s 400m.
Mills' people had two gold medals, both coming from Bolt 9.79 and 19.55 to take the sprint double.
US college-based, Graham prepares Danielle Williams, who shocked the world with a personal best,12.57 seconds for her gold medal.
Coach at the college level, Fitz Coleman is the man behind Hansle Parchment’s silver medal in the 110m hurdles while former athlete and 2006 Commonwealth Games 200m champion, Omar Brown was responsible for his wife’s Veronica Campbell-Brown bronze medal success in the Beijing female version of that event. Linval Swaby of MVP coaches shot put bronze medal winner, O’Dayne Richards.
Looking at the relays, seven of Francis’ athletes Fraser-Pryce, Thompson, Christine Day, Stephenie Ann- McPherson, Jackson, Nesta Carter, and Natasha Morrison won medals.
Overall, eight MVP athletes won medals on the track (seven) and in the field (one), while Maurice Wilson’s Sprintec (heats only) had three and Racers only Bolt.
Fifteen Jamaica-based athletes won medals compared to five who do their workouts overseas.