Yohan Blake wins on the street and reveals Commonwealth Games hopes

“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

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