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Professional and Olympic Athletes: Track

Donovan Bailey

Began training in Paragon’s speed training apparel in 1993. He also wore Paragon designed adidas sprint shoes

Donovan started training in Paragon’s apparel after meeting Sam Bock while trying out for the Canadian Bobsled Team. From that point on he wore the apparel daily en-route to his World and Olympic championships and records. Adidas was licensed to produce Paragon clothing for Donovan.  

Paragon then designed Donavan’s ultra-light adidas sprint shoes for the World’s Fastest Man Race against Michael Johnson, who was wearing Nike sprint shoes Paragon also helped design. The Donovan Bailey shoe project led to Paragon’s design work on the Adidas Sydney 2000 line of track shoes.

Career Highlights: 1996 100m Olympic Gold in 9.84 OR & WR, 1995 100m WC Gold, 3 straight 4 x100m world titles -1996 4 x100m Olympic Gold, 1995 & 1997 4x100 WC Gold, winner World’s Fastest Man race against Michael Johnson on June 1, 1997.

Ato Boldon

Used Paragon designed adidas sprint shoes when he switched over to Adidas from Reebok.

Tyler Christopher

Used Paragon’s metabolic testing & analysis and nutrition to help recover from a strained hamstring and win Canada’s first ever World Championships medal in the Men 400 meters at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, winning a bronze medal, and setting a new national record of 44.44 seconds.

Career Highlights: 400 meters Bronze at 2005 Helsinki World Championships. 400 meters Gold at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain with a Canadian-record time of 45.67  

Glenroy Gilbert

Used Paragon targeted nutrition to relieve chronic hamstring cramping and win Gold in the 4 x100m at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. His 9.02 world record time for the backstretch stood for 12 years, until Jamaica’s Michael Frater ran 9.01 in Jamaica’s 37.10 WR run in Beijing in 2008. Glenroy also tested Paragon’s weighted shoe inserts (see MSR testing results).  

Career Highlights: 4 x100m Olympic Gold, 3 straight 4 x100m world titles -1996 4 x100m Olympic Gold, 1995 & 1997 4 x100 WC Gold, 3-time Olympian, summer and winter Olympian, set 9.02 WR for fastest 4 x 100m backstretch. CDN national team Sprint coach.

Michael Johnson

Set his 200 & 400m WRs wearing ultra-light asymmetrical sprint shoes designed by Paragon and Nike (see MSR testing results). Paragon predicted Michael’s margin of victory one year ahead of time based on the test results seen while doing the research that produced the shoe.

Career Highlights: won four Olympic and 8 World Championship gold medals. Holds 400m WR & 4 x 400m WR. Set WR in 200m and Indoor 400m. 200m 19.32 stood for 12 years. Only male athlete to win 200m and 400m at the same Olympics.  

Nicolas Macrozonaris

Used Paragon’s MSR weighted shoe inserts in training prior to his breakout year as a 100m sprinter, and later used Paragon’s metabolic testing & analysis.

Career Highlights: Nick was a 2-time Olympian who won the 100 meter national title four times and once in the 200 meters. His biggest moment as a sprinter came in 2003 when he ran 10.03 and knocked off the then American world record holder Tim Montgomery in Mexico, making Nicolas the third fastest Canadian in history behind Bruny Surin and Donovan Bailey who share the national record of 9.84. He also ran a 6.56 60m.  

Mark McKoy

Renowned in the Track & Field world for his knowledge of advanced training, and was the first world class sprint athlete to successfully test our new MSR weighted shoe inserts (see MSR testing results).  

Mark first tested the inserts In September 2001 after meeting Paragon’s Sam Bock at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Edmonton.  

Mark did two personal tests. First he ran weighted 160m hills ahead of kids he was training. In just a few weeks his times improved dramatically. 

He then did a second more rigorous test, this time following a Paragon training protocol on a training trip to Australia with close friend and training partner 110mH world champion Colin Jackson. To prepare for the trip, he ran weighted hill workouts 3 times per week for two weeks before leaving. Upon arriving in Australia he followed Paragon’s program. The first week he ran three 300m workouts - these were with top women sprinters training in the group. He rapidly gained strength and was feeling strong enough after that to run 200s and 300s with the men the following week. Since he was turning in some impressive times, at the beginning of the 3rd week, he decided to see where he was in the 100m even though he had only been on the track for 2 weeks. Incredibly he was able to run nine 100m sprints that day, each one progressively faster then the last. He started at 11.5, and finished the last one in 10.5 even though he cramped up late in the sprint. At age 40 despite no massage, and no prior speed work Mark was able to produce that surprising performance with only a few weeks of training under his belt.

Career Highlights: 100mH Olympic gold, 50m hurdle WR holder, 3-time Olympian.  

Brad McQuaig

Brad was coached by Sam Bock & John Cannon and used Paragon’s training programtargeted nutrition, and speed training apparel. Brad was a true student of the game of sprinting and helped Sam refine the use of MSR training for sprinting. He was the undisputed master of the Paragon’s MSR split jump and was the inspiration for the development of Paragon’s split machine apparatus which was developed years later and has revolutionized athletic training (see MSR testing results).  

Career Highlights: 4 x100m 1998 Goodwill Games champion, 4 x 100 NCAA champion, 2nd 1999 Pan Am Games 4 x100 3rd in 100m at the 1997 Canadian championships behind Bruny Surin and Donovan Bailey. 100m PB 10.10  

Tyree Washington

Under Coach Ihem in 2007 at age 30 used Paragon’s weighted shoe inserts, training program and targeted nutrition to make an amazing Indoor comeback . After just 14 weeks of training and only 3 races he led off to win 4 X 400m Indoor World Championships gold, running the fastest split time of the competition. His time would have been good enough for Silver in the 400M Open had he been entered (see MSR testing results).  

Career Highlights: 2003 World Indoor Champion 400m, 2003 World Outdoor Champion 400m, 2006 World Indoor Champion 4 x 400m, US Olympian, 4x400 world record holder in 1998.  

Chris Williams

In 2006 at age 35 under Coach Ihem used Paragon’s weighted shoe inserts, training program, metabolic testing & analysis and targeted nutrition to run 10.06, just off his PB of 10.05 run 7 years earlier. He also finished 2nd in the 200m World Athletics Final that year (see MSR testing results). The following year at age 36 he competed for Jamaica’s powerhouse Olympic track team for his third time.  

Chris was one of the most under-rated sprinters with true speed and endurance. He is one of the few, if not the only male athlete in history to finish 2nd in the Olympic 4 x 400 final (splitting 44.73!), and 4th in the Olympic 4 x 100M final at the same Olympics. This feat was accomplished in Sydney in 2000.   

Career Highlights: 2001 World Championship Silver medallist 200m, Sidney 2000 4 x 400m Silver medalist, Sidney 2000 4th place 4 x 100m, 2006 World Athletics Final Silver medallist 200m, 3-time Olympian Jamaica. 

Nigel Romeo

Anslem Young, a Montreal track & field coach and good friend of Bock, approaches Sam about training Nigel Romeo, an older 34 year old Trinidadian immigrant who has always loved training and running.  Bock is currently working with Pascal Caron a full time Olympic team athlete. Nigel is recently married, has a new baby, little money, no car, and works long hours in a foundry that is a 2-hour bus ride away from the track.  For these reasons Bock is concerned about Nigel’s potential to compete with the nation’s best who are full time athletes and able to fully rest and recover to progress to higher levels.  Anslem still feels Nigel still has ability to improve despite his age and the long hours he is working.  Bock agrees to take him on.

Nigel begins training with Caron and uses Paragon’s weighted shoe insert technology and nutrition plan.  Just 10 weeks later in December he runs the fastest 300m of the young 2002-03 Canadian indoor track season, despite not being able to train properly for the 300m sprint due to a lack of proper training facilities in Montreal.   It’s literally his first attempt at the distance in either a practice or a race.  He runs a second faster than his previous best ever run.  More incredibly he achieves this despite commuting 2.5 hours a day on a bus and working his 40 hour /week job in a foundry pouring lead into moulds. 

Two months later in February Nigel runs a full ½ second faster to the indoor 300m to finish the season at #2 in the nation, improving from his #35 national ranking the year before. 

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