Kilty: Team tensions need to ease
World indoor champion Richard Kilty has revealed Great Britain's male sprinters are feuding.
Kilty, who claimed 60 metres gold in Poland in March, said the rivalry between the two training groups based in Loughborough was "not friendly" and admitted tensions had to ease for the good of the relay team.
The 24-year-old, who is in Manchester to race over 100m at the BT Great CityGames on Saturday, trains alongside the likes of Dwain Chambers under Rana Reider, also the relay coach.
Team-mates James Dasaolu and Adam Gemili are coached by Steve Fudge.
Kilty did not elaborate on what had sparked the rift other than saying there was "a bit of tension" and "a few words exchanged" at the British Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield in February. Dasaolu did claim ahead of the event that Chambers, who is now 36, was a spent force.
But Kilty called on athletes to "swallow their pride" before things got out of hand.
"In one group you've got me, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and James Ellington, who are ranked first, second and third in the country at the moment, which is great," Kilty said.
"And then the other group has got Adam Gemili and James Dasaolu, who were the top best sprinters last year, so it's a massive rivalry.
"I think there were a couple of clashes of egos between the coaches and the athletes in both groups. That's the nature of the sport, there are always rivalries, so it's going to happen.
"I try to keep it as professional as I can. They are all part of the British relay team and I think we all need to get along because, if the quickest relay team were to be put out there, you'd have two members of one group and two members of the other group.
"And we can smash the British record if we do. We can challenge the Jamaicans and the Americans with that squad as long as we can work together. It's a bit of a shame on that point, but hopefully we can work together.
"I'm on speaking terms and friendly with the others, but I know there is still tension between the other athletes in our group and their group and the two coaches."
Both factions will have to come together at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and European Championships in Zurich this summer, with team-work and understanding key to the event.
It would appear even more important given the woeful recent record of Britain's 4x100m men's quartet. They have been disqualified at the last five major championships.
"Hopefully for the Commonwealths and Europeans we can come together and be a really dominant team, as long as we are all on form and injury-free," Kilty added.
"Hopefully British athletics can come together and put the strongest and most talented team out there and make us work together, which I am all for - coming together, being friendly and making it work.
"That's the best option for everyone - for everyone to swallow their pride and be professional and let's do what we are capable of."
Kilty, competing on home soil for the first time since his shock win in Poland, is one of the headline acts in Manchester this weekend, a far cry from his appearance at the event 12 months ago when he had to buy his own kit to compete in.
Also in Manchester are Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, who races over 150m, Britain's world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu, who steps down to 200m, and Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford.
Rutherford's rivalry with team-mate Chris Tomlinson has also developed a new edge after Tomlinson questioned the legitimacy of his compatriot's British record.
Saturday will be Rutherford's first competition since last month's 8.51 metres leap in San Diego, with Tomlinson, who had claimed the former's record jump was a "large foul", also in the field.
Rutherford said he would "absolutely not" have complained in the way Tomlinson did if the situation was reversed.
"Each to their own," he said. "I know that's not how I would be, but that's fine.
"I've gone through my career at certain aspects and had things said by people from around the world. You always get things said about you, in every walk of life, it's not just athletics or sport.
"I wouldn't have done what has come to pass, but if it's personal or not, I do not know. It has happened and it's something I am trying to ignore.
"I'm still over the moon that I have put down a distance that I have said for many years that I am very capable of. I still believe I am capable of going much further."