Last Updated on October 2, 2022 by Andrew Pirie
Books for Sprinters – Speed Trap by Charlie Francis
The book clears up a lot of things.
First, Charlie Francis was light-years ahead of his coaching competition.
- He accomplished everything entirely on his own merits.
- On a shoestring budget and with absolutely zero support from his country.
Second, Ben Johnson is the greatest sprinter that ever lived.
If not for an early celebration in the 1988 Olympic final he would have run a 9.70 100m with a few years left for improvement.
He was absolutely unfairly robbed of his rightful place in sports history (not to mention millions of dollars).
Finally, the hypocrisy of international sports is impossible to exaggerate.
This book is a must-read for anyone interested in athletic performance, sprinting specifically, or the inside story of one of the biggest sports scandals of all time
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Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years.
He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021-
Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.
Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.
Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education.
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