Athletics coach Glen Mills has been hailing his charges Jermaine Gonzalez, Ricardo Chambers and Yohan Blake following their lifetime best performances at the IAAF Diamond League in Monaco on Thursday.
Gonzalez produced a national record 44.40 seconds to win the men's 400 meters ahead of Chambers who also turned in a personal best 44.54, making him the fourth fastest Jamaican man ever over the distance.
Coach Mills says their hard work is beginning to pay off thanks to the input of his assistant Bert Cameron.
“We have been doing a lot of work mentoring and guiding Jermaine this season. [Cameron] has done a fantastic job with [Jermaine], I must give him full credit, bringing [Jermaine] back to the kind of talent he showed as a junior. They have been working together and it is a happy day for us,” Coach Mills said.
“I am also very pleased that Ricardo Chambers, who I have been working with for the past two years,…he has had his problems and he is now back on track and we are looking for great things from him also,”
Blake returned a personal best 19.78 seconds for second in the men's 200 meters behind Tyson Gay, a time which made him the second fastest Jamaican man ever over the distance.
Coach Mills says Blake, at 20 years old, is a special talent.
“Young Yohan Blake, who is one of the finest sprint talents to have come out of this country, we have been taking our time developing him and we still have a lot of work technically that we want to do,”
“But he’s coming on fast and we are really happy for him, and that should do a lot for his confidence running a tremendous personal best in the 200,” he said.