Monday, 29 August 2011


Trackspeed1 coach John Powell realises a long-held ambition as he
meets the 'Master' of world sprinting, World 400m Record holder,
Michael Johnson
Trackspeed1 coach John Powell realised a long-held ambition in South Korea today – he met who he has always referred to as the ‘Master’ of world sprinting, Michael Johnson.

With both men guests of Nike at their week-long reception in the South Korean town of Daegu, which this week hosts the - World Athletics Championships, John seized the opportunity to add to the family album!

“I’ve been a life-long fan of Michael,” said John, “I have the utmost respect for him.  As an athlete he was one of the best the world has ever seen, and in recent years as coach and pundit he is one of the most perceptive and knowledgeable in the business.”

As if that weren’t enough, John then hooked up with sprints legend Don Quarrie.  The five times Olympian from Jamaica is a distant relation of one of John’s earier athletes, Commonwealth silver medallist multi-eventer Jamie Quarry, and John and Don recently hooked up in Manchester for a coaching seminar.

“The Nike reception is going on all week,” explained John, “and I am immensely grateful to them for inviting me in.”

Nike are the kit sponsors for treble European Junior medallist, David Bolarinwa, who has added to an outstanding season for Trackspeed1.  And that season could be rounded off with a sensational bang when James Ellington goes in the World Championship 200 metres heats on Friday.

“James is in shape,” said John, “but it’s the difficult time now.  The 200’s start late in the week, and all James wants to do now is run.  It’s just a question of managing his lifestyle, and being patient though I’m afraid.  If he runs to his true ability he will sail into the semi-finals, and that will be an absolutely herculean achievement by someone who has had no support whatsoever in recent years n terms of kit deal, sponsorship or lottery funding!”
John meets a second sprint legend at the Nike reception - five times
 Olympian, Don Quarrie.

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