British Athletics chief Stephen Maguire excited by Olympic medal prospects

Nice Britain are primed for a medal bonanza on the Olympics, in line with British Athletics technical director Stephen Maguire.

The squad’s 10 medals on the World Championships in Budapest matched the file from Stuttgart in 1993.

Keely Hodgkinson’s 800m silver and two 4x400m relay bronze medals on the ultimate night on Sunday boosted the tally – lower than a yr earlier than the beginning of the Paris Olympics.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Josh Kerr received gold and, after simply 4 observe and discipline medals on the Tokyo Olympics, Maguire has excessive hopes subsequent yr.

He mentioned: “Paris goes to be one other degree however the best way we’re getting the medals, in very powerful competitors, I’d be very optimistic.

“I’m delighted. The quantity of finalists that we’ve had, the quantity of top-12 (finishes) that we’ve had, lots of the youthful athletes stepping up and truly changing what they’re doing within the season coming into competitors.

“It’s been good. So there’s an actual feelgood issue, Kat began issues off. That story simply resonated by means of everybody.

“What a begin with that and the blended relay after which issues snowballed.

“These World Championships have been powerful. The usual has been completely by means of the roof.”

The lads’s 4x100m relay group missed out on a medal, ending fourth in Saturday’s remaining, after a disrupted build-up when Reece Prescod dropped out of the squad on the eve of the championships.

Maguire additionally needed to take extra accountability for the relays with head of sprints and relays Darren Campbell formally on sick go away.

The lads had been the one relay squad to not win a medal in Budapest – with the others all gathering bronze – and Maguire will search talks with Prescod.

“There are by no means going to be winners. The athlete is at all times the loser, aren’t they? He didn’t carry out and no matter however it’s communication, understanding behaviours,” mentioned Maguire, who was beforehand sprints and relays coach.

“I’m unsure it’s (about) clearing the air however, in excessive efficiency sport, you want black and white conversations as effectively. I feel there’s a dialog wanted.

“Excessive efficiency sport is tough and the flexibility to compete at this degree is tough. Reece and I even have relationship and I’ll haven’t any issues chatting to Reece on the finish of September, October time.”

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