'Chemistry' behind Michael O'Hara's decision to return to high-school coach

By November 13, 2019

Good chemistry was a key reason why Michael O’Hara has decided to return to his high school coach as he looks to kick on from a solid 2019 season when he produced a personal best in the 110m hurdles.

Newspaper reports this week said the now 23-year-old former high school track star has returned to his high school coach Craig Sewell having broken ties with the Racers Track Club where for the past four years, his career seemed to have stagnated.

However, after abandoning ambitions in the short sprints to return to the sprint hurdles, O’Hara seemed to have re-discovered the mojo that saw him with MVP awards at the ISSA Boys and Girls Championships in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015, his final year at Calabar High School when he won four gold medals.

He believes Coach Sewell can help him kick on in 2020.

“I decided to make the change because looking back to my high-school years we had a chemistry going into my last years of Boys and Girls Champs,” said O’Hara who clocked a personal best 13.61 at the Loughborough European Athletics Permit Meeting on August 24.

“Having that chemistry then and having it now will be something phenomenal for my career going forward because it’s all about the chemistry between coach and athlete.”

O'Hara said it will also be a boost training alongside another talented hurdler in Orlando Bennett, who made his debut at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar in October.

"Having a hurdles training partner, we can push each other to the fullest," he said.


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