MOSCOW, Russia (Sporting Alert) — American sprint legendary Michael Johnson doesn’t believe Great Britain’s Delano Williams will improve on his technique training with the likes of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake under the guidance of Glen Mills.
Johnson made the comment after watching Williams taking second to Bolt in the 200m heat at the World Championships in Moscow on Friday morning.
Despite Bolt’s dominance over the short sprints where he holds the world records in both the 100m and 200m, Johnson has in the past criticized the running technique of the Jamaican.
Now, the former World and Olympic champion believes young sprinter Williams needs to work with a coach that will help him “clean up” the way he runs if he wants to improve his 200m time.
“He’s been training with Bolt and they don’t really focus on technique there,” Johnson said on BBC Two on Friday.
“They focus on pure speed and power rather than technique but he needs to clean up, there’s energy spilling out all over the place so that’s where he needs to make the improvements.”
“It was an easy walk in the park for Usain Bolt,” he said following Bolt’s easy 200m heat win Friday. “This is just a nuisance for him. I
“t was probably more difficult for him to warm up than actually run this race. He doesn’t need the technique but Delanno Williams will.”
Bolt himself echoed the same statement about how easy the run was for him in the opening heat where he ran 20.66 seconds with Williams behind him at 20.72.
“I am feeling good, I am feeling alright,” he said. “I am just not a morning person. My foot is feeling better. It was sore then.
“I have worked on it for the last four days. The race was easy. We are just trying to get through the morning rounds as easy as possible.”