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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, May 26, 2014
Olympic medallist Richard Thomp-
son has admitted that his perform-
ances on the track over the last two
years have not been up to mark.
While he was willing to go on record
on the issue, he did not stop there.
Thompson revealed that plans for
his resurgence were already in train
both for local and international meets.
The improvements, he said, would help
sustain this country s credible rankings
in the world of athletics.
Thompson ran an impressive time
of 10.21 in the 100m to capture gold
at the Ponce Grand Prix held at the
Francisco "Paquito" Montaner Stadium,
in Ponce, Puerto Rico, on May 17.
Before that, he competed at the T&T
Elite Twilight Games, where he ran to
victory in a time of 10.10.
Yesterday, Thompson alongside
teammates Keston Bledman, Marc
Burns, Darrel Brown and Rondel Sorillo
ran in the men s 4 x 100m at the inau-
gural IAAF World Relay Championship
held at the Thomas Robinson Stadium
in Nassau, Bahamas.
"To be honest, I have not been very
consistent at the sub-tens for the past
couple of years. I have a lot of improve-
ment to do if I want to compete with
(Usain) Bolt. Obviously, I have to
improve my training significantly. I
went to the Michael Johnson Perform-
ance Centre in Dallas on the off season
and there were a few exercises that
they showed me to strengthen the
weakness that they detected. Brian
Lewis and the (TT) Olympic Committee
were responsible for sending me across.
What they do over there, they run you
through a series of exercises and they
detect your weaknesses and deficien-
cies. I ve been able to incorporate that
into my programme this year. It s taking
a little while, because I was injured
before, but it allowed me to be strong
again, to be healthy again and I just
have to keep building on it, to where
I am stronger than where I was before.
I knew there were things that I needed
to work on. That was part of the reason
I went across there in the first place,"
Thompson added, "Obviously, there
is always something to improve on
regardless of how fast you are running.
I think even someone like Bolt and
Yohan Blake and those guys. I still feel
like there is something everyone else
can correct, whether its strength and
speed or improving your technique. To
say that I was surprised to find a defi-
ciency, I wasn t surprised at all. I knew
there were things that I needed to cor-
rect and improve on. Until someone
reaches to the top, I think it s difficult
to say that they can t improve or can t
develop. So I don t think there is ever
a point where you stop wanting more
for yourself. Every athlete who has a
personal best, when you talk to them,
they will tell you there is something
else that they could have done in that
race to run a faster time and that there
is something else I could do in my
training to help me run a faster time."
Thompson went on to express his
view on the development systems he
believed were necessary for the growth
of track and field in T&T and said locals
needed to emulate Jamaica s passion
for the sport.
The neighbouring island, he said,
would continue to excel because of
their Junior Champs meet held annually
which was never bereft top athletes,
but of equal importance capacity audi-
"We need to do something in T&T
where we are able have these meets,
see who the talented kids are from very
young and start working our way up
with them. I mean, Darrel, Marc,
myself, Bledman, wouldn t be around
forever," he said.
Thompson cited the accomplish-
ments of young athletes Machel Cede-
nio and Jonathan Farina and said in
order for them to flourish they had to
be steered in the right direction,
whether it was the people to help them
make decisions about what schools
they attend abroad or whether they
had a serious and sustained develop-
ment structure at stay home.
If their development thrust was to
be home grown, he said, the question
related to who would train them arose.
"And who is going to train them not
just in track and field, but in many dif-
ferent things: How you deal with the
media, how you carry yourself in public.
Simple things like that. It s how you
breed superstars and that s something
we definitely have to look at in T&T,"
He tackled the issue of arm chair
supporters and said just like there exists
a need to nurture a new crop of athletes,
developing a hard core fan based should
be addressed from infancy.
Thompson said the system where
complimentary tickets were distributed
to schools to attend meets at the Hasely
Crawford National Stadium to witness
the performances of athletes in track
and field should be promoted and sus-
"I remember going to see Ato run.
That got me passionate about track
and field. If they don t know what s
going on, then they have nothing to be
passionate about. Get the word out and
then we could start building from there,"
Richard Thompson...visited the
Michael Johnson Performance Centre
in Dallas to fix problems.
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