The coach who trained Olympic athletes, including Roger Black and Kriss Akabusi, has died.
Former Team Solent coach Mike Smith died earlier this week after a short illness, aged 88.
Southampton-based Smith coached Black – who grew up in Alverstoke, Gosport and was part of Team Solent – and was renowned for his work training up-and-coming athletics stars in a career spanning five decades.
Smith also coached Locks Heath-based Akabusi as well as Iwan Thomas, Donna Hartley and Todd Bennett.
Paying tribute on Twitter, Akabusi posted: ‘Mike you made it, say hi to Todd & Donna for us, cya when I get there, won’t be long & we’ll have one big tear up.’