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Yohan Blake Leads Jamaica to 4×100 Relay Title After World Record Performance

Monday, May 26th, 2014

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Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake made it a perfect trip to the inaugural IAAF World Relays as he anchored Jamaica to a triumphant run in the 4×100 metres relay on Sunday. A night after leading a Jamaican team to a world record in the 4×200 relay, Blake brought his countrymen home in 37.77 seconds to top Trinidad and Tobago in the final race of the two-day programme. “After our world and Olympic gold (in the 4×100), we wanted to confirm our number one position today,” said Blake, who missed the world championships and much of last season with a hamstring injury. “It feels great getting into championship mode … I am back on track.” The Jamaicans were missing world record holder Usain Bolt, who has yet to run this year, and key relay member Michael Frater, but veterans Nesta Carter and Nickel Ashmeade and young Julian Forte had Blake in position for another winning romp.

Read more at: IBNLive

Blake and the Boys set New World Record at IAAF World Relays Championships

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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(Reuters) – Yohan Blake and a speedy Jamaican 4×200 metres relay team did not need Usain Bolt to add to the island nation’s collection of world records on Saturday.

Blake, the world’s second fastest 200 metres runner behind Bolt, turned on the jets and anchored Jamaica to a world record one minute, 18.63 seconds at the inaugural IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.

The sizzling performance took 0.05 seconds off a 20-year-old record held by a Carl Lewis-anchored American team in 1994.

“We knew we could come here and get this medal and world record,” said Blake, whose training partner Bolt holds both the 100 and 200m world records and Olympic titles but has not run this year.

“It feels very good enough I think that we could have gone faster,” added 100m Olympic silver medallist Blake.

Read more at: Reuters

Yohan Blake to Headline Jamaica’s Squad for IAAF World Relays

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

“KINGSTON, Jamaica — Yohan Blake and Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce headline a powerful Jamaican squad to the inaugural IAAF World Relays scheduled for The Bahamas between May 24 and 25.

However, as expected, the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt was not selected by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) for the event that also serves a qualifier to the 2015 World Championship.

Bolt has not run all season and last week he indicated in a Jamaica Observer story that his participation was dependent on his coach.

The full team will be announced after this evening’s JAAA executive meeting at 5:00pm with Jamaica set to participate in all the relays except the 4x1500m events.

In the men’s section, Jamaica will be in the 4×100, 4×200 and 4x400m while the ladies will contest the 4×100, 4x200m, 4x400m and the 4x800m at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium in Nassau.”

Read more at The Jamaica Observer.

Yohan Blake wins on the street and reveals Commonwealth Games hopes

Saturday, May 17th, 2014

“In front of nearly 10,000 people on Manchester’s main drag, Yohan Blake matched his electric pink outfit with a high-wattage run – and then gave the strongest indication yet that he will compete at this summer’sCommonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Blake left his fellow Jamaican Kemar Bailey-Cole far in his slipstream in the Great CityGames along Deansgate as he pumped and puffed to 150m victory in 14.71sec – the third-fastest 150m time in history on a straight course, behind Usain Bolt and the American Walter Dix.

Blake insisted he could have run much faster but had not been able to warm up properly. “I’m feeling in great shape but the warm-up facilities were not good,” he said. “I feel I could have got that record but I had to make sure I came away injury-free. I don’t want to use that as an excuse but I can’t warm up on asphalt because it hurts my feet.”

News that Blake plans to compete in the Commonwealth Games that will warm the souls of organisers, especially after the recent ticketing fiascothat led to long delays and problems with transactions. “I haven’t chosen my events yet,” said Blake. “I’m just waiting to talk to my manager and coach when I get back, but I will probably double up. I’ve got world and Olympic medals and it would be good to have some Commonwealth medals as well.”

Read more over at: The Guardian

Yohan Blake to Run at Manchester’s Great CityGames on May 17th 2014

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

“Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake (150m), Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford (long jump), world indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty (100m) and world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu (200m) are just some of the athletes who will be in action at the BT Great CityGames Manchester on Saturday.

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The 2011 world 100m champion Blake will race over 150m on a temporary track on Deansgate as part of the unique street event which, as well as the IAAF-certified purpose-built track, features a pop-up athletics arena in Albert Square in the city centre.”

See more at http://www.athleticsweekly.com/featured/ones-watch-bt-great-citygames-2870/

Olympic Silver Medallist Yohan Blake to Star at July’s Glasgow Grand Prix

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The 24-year-old Jamaican has confirmed his participation in the Diamond League event and will line up alongside World Indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty, Great Britain’s Adam Gemili and former world champion Kim Collins at Hampden Park on July 12.

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Blake, who is still feeling his way back to action following several months on the sidelines, will make his debut appearance in the Scotland and he is likely to return to Glasgow two weeks later for the Commonwealth Games.

“After such a strong 2012, it was disappointing not to be able to continue that form into 2013,” said Blake.

“The competition in the Diamond League rivals the competition you get at major championships and it’s that challenge that motivates me.

“I know it won’t be easy, but I’m determined to show that ‘The Beast’ is back bigger and better.”

Double Olympic world champion Mo Farah, Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford and 400m world champion Christine Ohuruogu are also set to take part in the Glasgow event.

see more at http://www.athleticsweekly.com/featured/blake-collins-gemili-kilty-glasgow-head-head-2548/

Yohan Blake Runs His Personal Best Time in the 400m at UWI Invitationals

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Yohan Blake ran at the UWI Invitational meet on March 23rd in the 400m and ran his personal best time of 46.33 seconds.

According to an interview on Track Alerts Yohan Blake feels he is on track with his training:

“I feel good to run my personal best over 400,” Blake said while adding “if the wind wasn’t that strong I would have gotten a faster time. But I still have to give God thanks. I am running some good times in the 400 so I’m right where I’m supposed to be  (preparing for World Championships in Moscow, Russia in August).”

Yohan Blake who will be defending his 100m championship title in Moscow this summer at the World Championships and while he is in training been running locally in Jamaica at some of the meets.

He recently was seen at the Gibson Relays where he ran the 4×100 and the 4×400 for Racers Lions.

Yohan Blake Wants to Heal The World – Sends a Video Message

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Yohan Blake wants to heal the world by helping poor people. He made a special video message to help encourage people to make this world a better place.

According to Yohan Blake, “I want to make to difference to help the lives of poor people. I know this world that we are living in can be a better place. Please watch and share this video as help to change the lives of poor people.”

Please take the time to watch and share this!

 

Yohan Blake Holds Intimate Press Conference For Jamaican Media

Monday, September 17th, 2012
The management team of Yohan Blake organized a press conference on September 14th to both thank the media for supporting Yohan Blake throughout the Olympics and to also give them a rare and exclusive chance to ask him questions in an intimate setting.

Sponsored by Racers Track Club, Wata, and LIME, the press conference was held at the Spanish Court Hotel in Kingston.
The session was hosted by Mrs. Cynthia Cooke of the Racers Track Club.  Also available for questions were Cubie Seegobin (Agent / Manager), Timothy Spencer (Local Manager) and Melissa McIntosh (Director of YB Afraid Foundation).

Yohan Blake talked candidly about everything from his love for cricket to his Richard Mille watch to his desire to help talented by economically challenged athletes in Jamaica. Blake answered every question the media had for him with a very direct, yet light -hearted tone.
He also posed with his new Yohan Blake branded Wata bottle.
WATCH: Video footage here

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

Friday, 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.
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