Sprinter to train under senior UKA coach Steve Fudge alongside James Dasaolu
Adam Gemili has revealed he has changed coaches to train under senior UK Athletics sprint coach Steve Fudge alongside James Dasaolu at Loughborough.
The 20-year-old had been trained by London-based Michael Afilaka since the beginning of 2012 when he decided to concentrate on athletics rather than football.
Under Afilaka, Gemili won the world junior 100m title and came close to making the Olympic final in London before finishing fifth in the IAAF World Championship 200m final in Moscow in August, clocking a sensational 19.98 in the semi-final to become only the second ever Briton in history to break the 20-second barrier.
Dasaolu has also had no shortage of success in 2013, and under Fudge clocked a 9.91 100m personal best to place him second on the British all-time list. The 26-year-old, who had gained a reputation for physical fragility, also claimed European indoor 60m silver and reached the 100m final in Moscow.
“You’ve obviously got Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake training together, and they’re the quickest guys in the world, so to have me and James training together can’t be a bad thing,” Gemili told the Daily Telegraph.
“He’s the only Briton this year to go sub-10 and I’m the only Briton to go sub-20, so it can only be positive for us to train together.”
In giving his reasons for switching coach, Gemili admitted he and Afilaka had disagreed about the best way to progress.
“I was quite adamant that I wanted a certain team to be working with [me] and, unfortunately, we had to go our separate ways, which is a great shame because I had a great experience under Michael and he’s a world-class coach,” Gemili explained.
Afilaka said: “It has become clear we have different ideas on how we should work together… Amicably, I have advised Adam to exercise his right to explore alternative coaching options, but I’m really proud of him and the work we did together in the last two seasons.”
In other coach switch news, Australia’s Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson has confirmed a split from her coach of 14 years, Sharon Hannan.
The 27-year-old, who won silver at the World Championships in Moscow, said she needs to “move to another level”.
“The time is right for us to go our separate ways,” the hurdler said in a statement released by her management.
» You can read an extract from a six-page interview with Adam Gemili published in the October 3 issue of AW in which he reflects on his sizzling summer online here