Former Jamaican high school prodigy, Michael O’Hara, has left the high-powered Racers Track Club and has returned to where it all started – his coach at Calabar High school.
O’Hara, who turned 23 on September 29, has been struggling to get back to his glory days that made him the most talked-about athlete in 2015.
In an interview with BUZZ, O’Hara revealed he is just happy to be back home.
“We just started training, but so far the programme is amazing and the atmosphere is amazing,” said an excited O’Hara.
“We’re doing strength training and speed endurance now, it feels like home working with Sewell (Craig),” he added.
O’Hara who struck gold in the 200m at the IAAF World Youth Championship in 2013 and left GraceKennedy/Inter Secondary School Sports Association Boys and Girls Athletics Champions in a blaze of glory capturing the 100m, 200m and 110m hurdles titles in 2015, was seen as one that will keep Jamaica’s flag flying high.
The super talented O’Hara has a personal best of 10.19 and 20.45 seconds for the 100m and 200m respectively, established in 2014 and only in August, he achieved his lifetime best of 13.61 in the 110m hurdles which he will now be focusing on.
However, his transition to the senior ranks has not been smooth following injuries that sidelined him for a number of years and it was in May 2018 that he returned to competitive action and has slowly been improving his hurdles time gradually.
In July, O’Hara was one of a number of athletes, including Yohan Blake, Warren Weir and Kemar Bailey-Cole who were named in Usain Bolt’s tirade in defence of Glen Mills after the coach was said to be disrespected by some athletes.
But O’Hara refuted the claims citing he would never, ever disrespect the legendary Mills who is the head honcho of Racers. O’Hara at the time was being coached by Mills and assistant hurdles coach Gregory Little.
“We just started training, but so far the programme is amazing and the atmosphere is amazing”— Michael O’Hara
But months later, O’Hara has now switched coaches and has returned to one of the coaches that made him a high school star.
“This is where it all started for me and so I look forward to improving on my times from last season and taking it day by day,” said O’Hara.
“My programme is geared toward the 100m and 200m as well but the hurdle is my main focus,” he pointed out.
He has battled back from injury and is ready to explode in an event he always had an affinity for outside of the glamourous sprinting events.