Top coaches concerned about Jamaica's track and field future

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Kayon Raynor

The concern over Jamaica's track and field future raised by 11-time world champion Usain Bolt has been echoed by two of the nation's senior coaches, Stehphen Francis and Maurice Wilson. Francis, who has conditioned sprinters Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson as well as hurdlers Melaine Walker and Brigitte Foster-Hylton to Olympic and or World Championship glory says the level of male sprinting talent since Bolt and Yohan Blake, has not been great.

Wilson, who is also the acting principal of GC Foster College, pointed to a worrying trend of high schoolers receiving professional training too early. While pointing to the nation's diversification into other events like the discus and hurdles, Francis posited that athletes moving away from tried and tested coaches and receiving big contracts out of high school is part of the problem. Jamaica managed only 4 medals including one gold and 3 bronze at the last World Championships in 2017.

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