World cham­pion ad­vises ath­letes

Cyprus Today - - SPORT - By KEREM HASAN

A TWO-day sem­i­nar on ath­let­ics train­ing in the TRNC was at­tended by four-times world long-jump cham­pion Dwight Phillips.

The Amer­i­can, now 41, was 2004 Olympic cham­pion in the long-jump and his per­sonal best of 8.74m, set in 2009, earned him the rank­ing of joint fifth best-ever long-jumper in the world.

Or­gan­ised by the TRNC Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tion, the sem­i­nar saw the cham­pion and in­ter­na­tional coach Ariyo Taiwo hand down prac­ti­cal ad­vice and in­for­ma­tion on sub­jects such as power train­ing and tech­niques.

Mr Phillips and Mr Taiwo also vis­ited the Turk­ish In­door Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships which took place in Le­fkoşa’s Atatürk Sports Hall, where they made “tech­ni­cal analy­ses” of com­peti­tors’ tech­nique.

Speak­ing on the first day of the sem­i­nar last Fri­day last week, Mr Phillips said he was “de­lighted” to be in North Cyprus “to share my ex­pe­ri­ences”.

“When I was a kid, I was not the best ath­lete,” he told his au­di­ence. “I had to work hard. My coaches never be­lieved I could suc­ceed, how­ever my fam­ily was of enor­mous sup­port which pushed me for­ward.

“The rank­ings are just re­sults but there is a lot of work be­hind them.”

Dwight Phillips dur­ing the sem­i­nar

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