Athletics - Arnold to play key role in coaching GB's hurdlers

The next generation of British hurdling talent will be developed by Malcolm Arnold after the veteran trainer was named Lead Hurdles Coach based at Bath University by UK Athletics.

Arnold, who coached former 110m hurdles world record holder Colin Jackson to three World titles and an Olympic silver medal, also mentors reigning World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene.

The 72-year-old, whose coaching career spans more than four decades, is in charge of a group that includes Lawrence Clarke, who came fourth in the 110m hurdles at last summer’s Olympic Games, 2011 European Junior silver medallist Andrew Pozzi, 2011 European Under-23 silver medallist Nathan Woodward and London Olympians Jack Green and Eilidh Child.

UK Athletics Performance Director Neil Black and Head Coach Peter Eriksson announced the appointment on Monday. Arnold will be assisted by James Hiller, a former Commonwealth Games 400m hurdler who was previously a UKA Apprentice Coach based at Bath.

“I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to continue the work we have done over recent years,” said Arnold. “Both James and I are looking forward to new challenges under the leadership of Neil Black and Peter Eriksson and to furthering the excellence of hurdling in both competitors and coaches throughout the UK.”

The UKA Regional Centre in Bath was set up in 1999 under Arnold’s leadership, with athletes based at the centre going on to win more than 40 major medals over the proceeding 14 years.

UKA’s Olympic Head Coach Peter Eriksson believes that both Arnold and Hillier will play a key role in developing Great Britain’s best hurdles athletes in the build up to the next Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.

“Malcolm and James have had excellent success with their training group in Bath and it is great that they will have the chance to continue their work as we look to build on what we achieved in 2012 and have more success over the next Olympic cycle leading up to Rio in 2016 and beyond,” said Eriksson, who was appointed as the new head coach for the OIympics in October, replacing Charles Van Commenee.

“Malcolm has fantastic experience and I’m sure all of the athletes he works with will benefit from his vast knowledge in the coming years. James has also proven himself to be a very talented coach and I look forward to continuing to work both him and Malcolm moving forwards.”