Yohan Blake Captures 200m Silver Medal in the London 2012 Olympics

August 10th, 2012

Yohan Blake captured a silver medal in the London 2012 Olympics in the 200m with a time of 19.44. It was his first time at the Olympics and his second medal. 19.44 was his season’s best time and makes him the 4th man to win silver in the 100m and 200m at the same Olympics, and 1st since Frankie Fredericks (1992 AND 1996).

The 200m was an extraordinary race for Jamaica who had scored a trifecta of Gold (Usain Bolt) , Silver (Yohan Blake), and Bronze (Warren Weir) medals. All three sprinters are coached by Glen Mills of the Racer’s Track Club.
 Photo Source: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Europe

Yohan Blake Wins Silver Olympic Medal in 100m in London 2012

August 6th, 2012

Yohan Blake won a Silver Medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in the 100m final.

With a personal best time of 9.75 in his first Olympics, the 22 year old is bringing home a medal to Jamaica on the anniversary of its 50th year of Independence.

Compatriot and training partner Usain Bolt won the gold in the event and broke an Olympic record in 9.63 seconds. According to the Reuters, Blake  said:

“Usain knows what it takes, he is a world beater and he is the fastest man in the world. But I got a medal in my first Olympic games and a lot of that is down to Usain and our coach.”

“Usain Bolt encouraged me,” Blake said. “It was a good race, it was just fun out there. Usain kept me calm in my first Olympics.”

Yohan’s next Olympic appearance will be in the 200m heats later this week.

Photo Source: AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev

Yohan Blake Sets Spitzen Leichtathletik Meet Record – 100m in 9.85

July 17th, 2012

Yohan Blake won the 100m at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meet in Lucerne, Switzerland today with a time of 9.85.

He broke the record set by compatriot Nesta Carter 2 years ago.

Blake said in an Associated Press article , “Definitely I am on the right path for the Olympics,” the 21-year-old world champion said. “This is where I am supposed to be. I want to remain unbeaten and that’s what I am doing.”

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Yohan Blake to run 100m in Switzerland on July 17th

July 11th, 2012

Yohan Blake will run the 100m at the Spitzen Leichtathletik meet in Lucerne on July 17th.

This is his first race since the Jamaican Olympic trials.

According to an AP story, Yohan Blake has pleasant memories of Switzerland as last September Yohan Blake ran in Zurich at the Weltklasse Diamond League  meet where he made his first competitive appearance after becoming world champion in Daegu, South Korea and set a then-personal best of 9.82.

Yohan Blake is ESPN’s Cross-Sport Power Rankings Chart Topper

July 5th, 2012

Yohan Blake made #1 Spot on ESPN’s Cross-Sport Power Rankings Chart this week. Cross-Sport Power Rankings compares the best athletes across all professional sports.

His first place win in both the 100m and 200m sprints in Jamaica’s National Senior Championships / Olympic trials was according to ESPN.com,  “enough to push him past Tiger Woods and Fernando Torres at the top.”

Read more and watch video report here:

Yohan Blake is now Jamaica’s 2012 National Champion in 100m and the 200m

July 2nd, 2012

Yohan Blake is now Jamaica’s 2012 National Champion in 100m and the 200m after winning both events at the National Senior Championships this weekend.

Yohan Blake qualified for the 200m in the Olympics in London yesterday after coming in first place in 19.80 seconds.

This is two days after he qualified for the 100m in 9.75 seconds winning with his personal best time and a national record at the stadium.

 

Yohan Blake Stuns the World in the 100m in the Jamaican Olympic Trials in 9.75 Seconds

July 1st, 2012

On June 29th Yohan Blake won the 100m race in the Jamaican Olympic trials in 9.75 seconds.

Not only did he qualify for the Jamaican team, but this was a new personal best and makes him the fourth fastest man in the world of all time.

In addition, 9.75 seconds goes down as the best time this year and also breaks the four-year-old National Stadium record.

Watch the race and Yohan’s interview post-race here:

Yohan Blake Joins The “My Formula” Campaign

June 19th, 2012


Athletes are not born better, they train to be.

Yohan Blake joined the adidas My Formula campaign to inspire athletes to train harder.  He posted this video on Facebook mentioning his secret place and formula:

“Everyone has a secret place where they go, mine is a steep climb in Jamaica where I eat hills for breakfast!”

Check out the My Formula page at www.adidas.com/myformula

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yohan Blake To Participate in the 2012 National Senior Championships

June 18th, 2012

Yohan Blake will be participating in the 2012 JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships.  They will be held Thursday, June 28 – Sunday, July 1 at the National Stadium in Kingston. 

With many top athletes and so few spaces for the Olympic team, this will be THE event to watch.

According to an article in the The Sun.co.uk :

Blake, 22, speaking from his training base in Jamaica, said: “All the guys are running really fast and most could get in an 100-meter final at the Olympics.

“It’s going to be a really difficult one because nobody’s spot is guaranteed, and you have to be ready on the day. I think it’s going to be tougher than the Olympics!”

For more info on tickets and event visit TrackandFieldJa.com

(photo by Gallo Images)

Yohan Blake for Donovan Bailey Invitational in Canada June 16th

May 29th, 2012

Edmonton welcomes Yohan Blake on June 16th! The Donovan Bailey Invitational is the largest stop on the National Track League’s six-city circuit and showcases Canada’s best track & field athletes amongst international competition.

For more information see Facebook or on the Athletics Festival website. Buy Tickets here.