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Yohan Blake stumbles but clinches 2nd to Nesta Carter at Adidas Grand Prix

Monday, June 16th, 2014

 Yohan Blake suffered a surprising 100m defeat at the Adidas Grand Prix, 

The Olympic 100m silver medalist, stumbled out of the blocks and clocked a slow 10.21 at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island on Saturday evening. He finished second to countryman Nesta Carter, who ran 10.09.

“Everybody saw what happened at the start,” said Blake, in a hurry to escape the media mixed zone. “There’s not much more to say.”

Blake, the top rival to Usain Bolt since 2011, owns a personal best of 9.69 from 2012. He missed most of last season with a hamstring injury.

Blake and Bolt likely will not race against each other this season. Bolt recently pulled out of meets in June and July due to a lack of training coming off a foot injury. The next Diamond League meet, in Lausanne, Switzerland, on July 3, features a 100m showdown between top Americans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay, who did not run at the Adidas Grand Prix.

Yohan Blake will return to action today at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York.

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

The Adidas Grand Prix is sixth meeting of the 2014 I-DOUBLE-A-F Diamond League season. Blake is down to the men’s 100 metres, which begins at 6:35 this evening Jamaica time.

The field also includes to contest two other Jamaicans – Kemar Bailey Cole and Nesta Carter. With strong support from the Caribbean community here, there is no doubt that Jamaican sprinters Nesta Carter, Yohan Blake and Warren Weir will enjoy their surroundings at Icahn Stadium.

Blake would not discuss a target time for the race, saying that he, “preferred to let his running speak for itself.” He is, however, looking forward to giving the crowd something to cheer for.

“Sometimes I shut out the crowd just to focus but sometimes you can’t help but to hear it in the background,” commented Blake.

“I think the Jamaican fans will be really good for getting the adrenaline pumping in the body, which is when you tend to do great things.”

Yohan Blake Runs 9.69 in Lausanne Meet- Makes 100m Sprint History

Friday, August 24th, 2012


(photo source: EPA)

Yohan Blake won the 100m August 23rd at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland with a time of 9.69 seconds. This was the meet record and also his personal best (which was previously 9.75).

Yohan Blake is now the joint second-fastest man in history as he ties Tyson Gay’s record of 9.69.  The only times recorded faster were Usain Bolt’s 9.58 and 9.63.


Jamaican 4X100 Relay Team Sets World Record in 36.84 Seconds at Olympics

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

On day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic games Yohan Blake ran the 3rd leg for Jamaica in the men’s 4x100m relay team.

The team consisted of Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter, and Michael Frater.and Yohan Blake– it was the same winning team that ran in the world championships in Daegu last year with the time of 37.04 seconds.

The Jamaican team broke the world record for the 4x100m relay race with a time of 36.84 seconds and won the Gold Medal, making it the third medal for Yohan Blake in his first Olympics.

It was the final event at the Olympic stadium track and a day Jamaica will not forget.

(Source photo: Stu Forster – Getty Images Europe / Source medals photo: Clive Brunskill – Getty Images Europe)

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.
 Photo Source: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Europe

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

Monday, 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

Tuesday, 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.”

**Photo credit: EPA

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

Wednesday, 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 now Jamaica’s 2012 National Champion in 100m and the 200m

Monday, 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

Sunday, 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: