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Updated: January 7, 2014 00:41 IST

Amiya Kumar Mallick to train under Bolt’s coach

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Sprinter Amiya Kumar Mallick. File Photo: Manob Chowdhury
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Sprinter Amiya Kumar Mallick. File Photo: Manob Chowdhury

Sprinter Amiya Kumar Mallick is all set to fly to Kingston, Jamaica for a four-month long training with Usain Bolt’s coach Glen Mills.

“The Orissa Olympic Association (OCA) has taken the initiative and I will leave for Jamaica on January 12,” said the 21-year-old at an India Oil open media session here on Monday.

Mallick would be training at the Racers Track Club where the likes of Bolt and Yohan Blake have been coached by Mills.

Mallick could not confirm if the OCA had taken permission from the Athletics Federation of India (AFI), but AFI President Adille Sumariwala said: “It’s a good thing; anyone wanting to spend his own money for development is welcome, but neither am I aware of it, nor do I think the AFI knows about it.”

Mallick won the 200m gold at the 53rd National Open athletics championship at Ranchi’s Birsa Munda stadium last September.

He clocked 21.11 seconds. His immediate focus is on this year’s Commonwealth and Asian Games.

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Great news! One hopes that Amiya Mallick really gets to train for four
months under Glen Mills, coach of Jamaican athletics great, Usain
Bolt, and hones his talent to become a better sprinter. Readers need
to know the athlete's height and weight, the cost involved, and who is
sponsoring the trip. One wonders what made the Racers Track Club,
Kingston, accept Mallick, 21,for the training stint with elite
athletes considering that his best is a promising but modest 21.11
seconds for 200 metres, our national record is Anil Kumar's 20.73 (set
in the year 2000), and world-class men athletes do the 200 metres
below 20.30, Bolt's incredible world record being 19.19, set in 2009.
Having said that, I'm hopeful that this would be a big boost for our
athletics and the trip should be considered a success if Mallick goes
below 21 seconds, if not 20.70, at this year's Commonwealth Games or
Asian Games or both. Amiya of Orissa and India, here's wishing you the
very best!

from:  suranjan roy
Posted on: Jan 10, 2014 at 17:05 IST
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