Indian sprinter Amiya Mallik to train with Usain Bolt's coach Glen Mills

It's a dream come true for the young Amiya Mallik from Orissa, who is set to travel to Jamaica and train under the watchful eyes of Glen Mills for 4-5 months.

Updated: January 17, 2014 14:52 IST
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New Delhi: For most athletes, it's going to remain a dream, but for India's Amiya Mallik, the dream has come true. The 200m runner from Bhubaneswar, has bagged a training stint with Jamaican Glen Mills, whose most famous student also happens to be the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt.

When Amiya Mallik returns from Jamaica in four-five months, his life would've changed forever. At least that's what he hopes. Afterall, Mills isn't your ordinary athletics coach. He trains none other than six-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt. Yohan Blake, who was the 100m world champion in 2011, also trains under Mills.

"Glen Mills is a man who needs no introduction. Very few people have the amount of knowledge that he has. In these few months, I will try and learn as much as I can from him", Amiya told NDTV from Bhubaneshwar, before leaving for Jamaica.

The possibility of this coach-athlete partnership being a successful one is perhaps greater, because of Amiya's own impressive credentials. Afterall, his personal best in the 100m is 10.5 seconds. That's just about a second less than the world record held by Bolt of 9.58 seconds. No wonder then that when the 22-year-old sent his performance reports from last season to Mills' institute in Jamaica, the famous coach liked what he saw.

Even though Amiya, who won the 200m event at the National Open Championships in Ranchi, is not sure if he'll meet Bolt while in Jamaica, it goes without saying that it's on his wishlist.

"Usain Bolt has changed the language of sprinting in the world. He never looks tense before a race. He is very cool, and entertaining crowds, which means he doesn't take on too much pressure at all. That's something I want to learn. And if he could lend me even little bit of his speed, it would be great!", said the 22-year-old.

Even if Amiya doesn't get to meet Bolt, he may get an opportunity to compete with him at July's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. But first Amiya will have to qualify for the event. His Jamaica trip is being funded by Orissa's Athletics Association and Tata Steel. Hopefully, the investment pays off, with Amiya and India winning medals at the international level.

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