Yohan Blake announces plans to retire from athletics after Paris 2024 Olympics
Yohan Blake announces plans to retire from athletics after Paris 2024 Olympics

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Yohan Blake opened his season over 400m at today’s Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Blake, who won the 2011 world 100m title, finished the event in 9th overall with his 47.42. Kavon Nelson of Akan Track Club was the fastest of the day with 46.54.

Zharnel Hughes who won Blake’s heat, ahead of Annsert Whyte (46.85), was second overall in 46.58 while Jaheel Hyde, winner of heat 2, finished third in 46.67.

Ashanie Smith of St Catherine won the class 1 boys 100m in 10.59, Rosean Young of Calabar took Class 2 in 10.68.

In the girls 100m events, St Jago’s Tissana Hickling took class 1 in 11.78, Shaunelle Wallace of Immaculate won class 2 in 12.05, Joanna Reid of St Jago topped class 3 in 12.30 and Brianna Lyston also of St Jago, the class four winner in 12.29.

Damean Creary of Wolmer’s won the Class 1 boys long jump with a leap of 7.30 metres.

Calabar ran 40.38 to win the boys Class 1 4x100m relay.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.


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