Leo Myles-Mills fears losing national record at rLG Ghana Grand Prix

Reigning National 100m record holder Leo Myles-Mills fears his 13 year old record could be broken at the upcoming rLG Ghana Grand Prix in Kumasi. The 38 year old set the national best of 9.98 during a meet in Boise Idaho in 1999. This was after Mills had earlier set a new national record of 9.99 in winning a gold medal at the 1999 All African Games in South Africa. The men�s 100 meter event at the rLG Ghana Grand Prix is expected to be one of the main attractions of the nation�s first ever International Track and Field meet. Jamaican sprinter Oshane Bailey and America�s Terrell Wilks are expected provide a strong challenge for the Ghanaian trio of Aziz Zakari, Emmanuel Appiah-Kubi and Allah Laryea-Akrong. Myles-Mills, who is currently an athletics coach based at Brigham Young University (USA), fears his all time best performance could be erased from the record books. �Yes I fear somebody might break my record especially looking at the field of competitors,� Mills said on E TV�S E Sports Live last Monday. �Records are meant to be broken but the longer it sits, the happier I am. �At the same time I wish somebody could break it. This might be one of the greatest opportunities for these guys.� Mills, who also won a silver medal at the 2003 All-Africa Games and a bronze medal at the 1998 African Championships, has high expectations of the Grand Prix which will offer a good platform for locally based athletes. �I�m expecting a great competition and a good show,� he said. �The guys coming are already in shape, they have already run 10.00�s, 21.00�s anything is possible.� Mills jokingly added that he is yet to retire from international athletics despite having failed to compete for the national since 2004. �No, not officially; I wish I could still come back but it�s hard. My body is not functioning but I�m still in it. I have not stopped �I�m coaching and running. I demonstrate with the guys and they make me work. Myles-Mills, a native of Dansoman, Accra, has represented Ghana in international competition since he qualified for the national team in 1998. He took third that year in the 100-meters at the African Championships in Senegal, which qualified him to compete on the Africa team in the World Cup in athletics in Johannesburg, South Africa. Myles-Mills competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens where he qualified for the semi-finals in the 100m. He also competed in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, finishing ninth in the semi-finals of the 100-meter race.