Tokyo Olympic 800m champion, Athing Mu has announced changes with her coaches as she gears up for the up coming track and field season.
The 20 year-old who became the first American woman to win the world 800m gold at the 2022 World Championships in Oregon, has dropped her coach Milton Mallard with track and field legend Bob Kersee.
Mu made her announcement through her social media handle twitter stating that, “I’m excited for this opportunity to train with the track legend Bob Kersee. Coach Kersee has the capability to further enhance my running skills and implement the tools needed to reach my greatest potential”
Millard is a legend in his own way as he took three athlete’s to the World Athletics Championships that included Mu who on the USATF women’s 800m title, marking it the seventh time an athlete has earned gold under Mallard’s guidance as well as Brandon Miller who made his first career Team USA after placing third in the men’s 800m race, while Donavan Brazier earned an automatic spot after winning the title in 2019. Mu won the 800m World Athletics Championships in a time of 1:56.30, which made her to become the youngest woman in history to have won Olympic and world titles in an individual track and field event.
Coach Kersee was one time accused by Canadian record holder in the 100m, Angela Bailey in 1989, who stated that she did not want to train with him due to suspicions about performance-enhancing drugs.
Kersee has some reputable names under his stable that include the 2012 Olympic champion, Allyson Felix and the Tokyo 400m hurdles champion Sydney McLaughlin.
ready to work 💃🏿 pic.twitter.com/XvU46SfTmF
— Athing Mu (@athiiing) November 2, 2022