May: 'I want to get even faster'
July 27, 2013
Jonny May has established himself as one of the Premiership's most lethal finishers © Getty Images
Gloucester and England flyer Jonny May is looking forward to working with Olympic gold medallist Marlon Devonish as he seeks to get even faster.
May clocked 10.71 seconds for the 100 metres in last season's pre-season and he has shown plenty of that gas on the Aviva Premiership stage last term. Gloucester are not short of pace on the flanks with Charlie Sharples, James Simpson-Daniel and youngster Ian Evans all possessing plenty of pace and the Cherry and Whites are keen to get them even faster enlisting Devonish's help.
Devonish, who won gold in the 2004 Olympics' 4x100m relay, has been working at Gloucester for a month as their sprint coach and May is already reaping the benefits.
"I've done a lot of speed work in the past, and I'm always looking to get faster," said May. "I've done a bit of work with Marlon already, that's what I enjoy about pre-season, it's not all about rugby, you can build all aspects of your game; speed, strength, agility.
"Speed is my most important asset, and we're doing some really useful drills in order to improve that. Marlon is getting me really fired up, I'm working a lot on my acceleration but he's also teaching me to relax my upper body which should hopefully make me a lot faster.
"It's early days yet, but I'm already feeling an improvement which is great. Me and Charlie normally have a showdown, sometimes it's not even a friendly showdown! I'm looking forward to the next one."
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