Blake set for games sprints
19 March, 2018, 12:00 am
WITH a lighthearted warning from Usain Bolt in his ears, Jamaica’s former world 100m champion Yohan Blake has become the biggest name yet to arrive at the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games.
Typically fast out of the blocks, Blake’s arrival in Queensland came within 24 hours of the withdrawal of Canadas’s Olympic 200m silver medallist Andre De Grasse to prioritise an upcoming indoor race campaign.
Blake, the world 100m champion of 2011, ran a 9.69 sec 100m in 2012 which has been bettered only by Bolt, his retired countryman, and his world record 9.58.
“We are ready to go – my body is great and I’ve run the (second) fastest time so far this year,” Blake said on arrival in Brisbane this morning from a flight from Los Angeles.
“Usain Bolt was at the track in Jamaica before I left. He said, ‘When I come to Australia, if you don’t win there is going to be problems’. I don’t have a Commonwealth medal. It’s very important for me to have one in my trophy case.”
The 28-year-old took two silver medals behind Bolt in the 100m and 200m at the 2012 London Olympics and joined him in Jamaican gold-medal 4x100m relay teams at the
2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
“That’s what I want, to start with the Commonwealths, to take over the dominance of the sprinting world,” Blake said.
“Usain Bolt has left his legacy for us to carry on and that’s what we want to do.”
Blake said he would undertake a leisurely run at Runaway Bay, where the Jamaicans will be based before moving into the Games athletes village.