Athletics

Richard Kilty reveals British training camp divide

Kilty won a surprise gold medal at the World Indoor's in March this year (©GettyImages)
Kilty won a surprise gold medal at the World Indoor's in March this year (©GettyImages).

British athlete Richard Kilty has revealed there is a training camp feud between the country's two sprinting groups.

Kilty, the World Indoor 60m champion, trains with James Ellington, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Dwain Chambers. Their coach is Rana Reider, while Adam Gemili and James Dasaolu are coached by Steve Fudge.

The 24-year-old has admitted there have been some issues within the group, though: "There were a couple of clashes of egos between the coaches and the athletes in both groups," he was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.

Kilty, who won his indoor gold medal at the worlds in Poland earlier this year, did not give information as to how the rift became, but did say there were "few words exchanged" at the British Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield in February.

Ellington, Aikines-Aryeetey and Kilty, himself, are currently ranked as the top three sprinters in the country, but Dasaolu and Gemili both ran extremely well last year and were comfortably the top runners then.

And Kilty knows that if the country wants to be successful in the relays at the Commonwealth Games and, later, the European Championships, the whole group are going to have to work together.

"I try to keep it as professional as I can," he said.

"They are all part of the British relay team and I think we all need to get along because, if the quickest relay team were to be put out there, you'd have two members of one group and two members of the other group."

Before those Championships, though, there is the matter of the Relay World Championships, which are debuting later this month. Team GB will be without Fudge's pair of Dasaolu and Gemili as former is recovering from injury, while Gemili has university exams.

If the team is all together for the Commonwealth's and beyond, though, Kilty thinks something special can be achieved: "We can smash the British record if we do. We can challenge the Jamaicans and the Americans with that squad as long as we work together."

The World Relay Championships take place in the Bahamas on May 24 and 25.

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