London 2012 medalist pleased with University of Bath workout
Olympic bronze medallist Hansle Parchment has completed a week-long training spell at the University of Bath, working alongside vastly-experienced British Athletics lead hurdles coach Malcolm Arnold.
Parchment, who made history at London 2012 by winning Jamaica's first-ever hurdling medal, was joined by fellow athlete Indira Spence and coach Fitz Coleman at the Sports Training Village.
“I’ve had a really good time - the facilities are great, some of the best I’ve seen,” said 22-year-old Parchment, who has set his sights on winning World Championship gold in Moscow this summer.
"I’d like to come back to Bath, although it’s a little cold compared with Jamaica. I’ve enjoyed training with the group and I like the camaraderie, it’s like a family.
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“Malcolm is a great coach and it’s been a pleasure to come here and learn a few things from him. I hope to use that to the best of my ability and show some improvement this year.
“First I’ve got to make the team for the World Championships but I feel confident I can do that. My aim is then to win it. I set my goals high. I’ll go out there and give it my all."
Coleman, a distinguished hurdles coach and former technical director at the IAAF, hopes last week's visit to Bath will be the first of many.
“Malcolm is an icon in the sport," he said. "We thought it would be a good to exchange ideas and it has definitely worked out.
"The facilities here are fantastic and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed being here. If the opportunity affords itself we'd love to come back.
"You can’t lose with this kind of collaboration. It’s not going to be a one-off, we’re going to stay in touch.”
The link up came about through Colin Jackson, who was coached to World Championships gold by Arnold, and was supported by sports brand Puma.
Arnold’s training group at Bath includes world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene and London 2012 Olympians Andy Pozzi, Jack Green, Eilidh Child and Lawrence Clarke, who was edged into fourth place by Parchment at the Olympics.
Nathan Woodward and Irish hurdler Jessie Barr are also recent additions to the group.
Arnold’s impressive track record includes coaching legendary Ugandan athlete John Akii-Bua to the Munich 1972 Olympic title and Bath bullet Jason Gardener to gold in the 4x100m relay at Athens 2004.