Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Christie Puts Kilty through His Paces; Games Legend Helps Starlet Get Back on Track

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Christie Puts Kilty through His Paces; Games Legend Helps Starlet Get Back on Track

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Byline: BILL McGUIRK

TWELVE months ago Richard Kilty chased Mark Lewis-Francis home to finish second in the Great Manchester Games.

Now the Gateshead Harrier is a training partner of the Olympic sprint relay gold medallist under the guidance of Britiain's fastestever sprinter Linford Christie and his coach Ron Roddan.

Though still based in the North East, Kilty regularly travels to London to meet up with his new training group, which also includes numerous other leading British sprinters.

Kilty broke through on the major stage thanks to Jared Deacon, who guided the raw teenager to the 200 metres final of the European Under-23 Championships in 2009 . He also won the English Schools' 100 metres gold medal in 2007 after his dad had orchestrated his success in the 2006 championships.

However, after a year savaged by injury, Kilty is now being advised by Olympic champion Christie and is eagerly looking forward to the new campaign.

That campaign started very brightly with an eye-catching performance over 150 metres at Monkton Stadium in the opening fixture of the North Eastern Athletics League.

Kilty, 21, said: "It has been a depressing 12 months and if it had not been for my dad keeping my spirits up I don't think I would be back running at all.

"I picked up a serious hamstring tear in the race in Manchester last May which saw me stretchered off the track.

"I was down in the dumps knowing I had to spend more than three weeks on crutches, which meant my season was wrecked.

"My dad, who has helped me enormously in the past with my diet and the like, really got behind me when I was right on the bottom.

"It was while I was out of action I felt if I was to get back to the top of my game then I needed a new direction to motivate me.

"I have the greatest respect for Jared, who is the best sprint coach to come out of the North East. …

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