Yohan Blake at Tokyo 2020 ... Yohan Blake excited for World Athletics Championships in Budapest
Yohan Blake at Tokyo 2020

“I am always optimistic,” said Yohan Blake in an interview with the Jamaica Observer as he prepares for the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, from August 19 to 27.

“I don’t like to tell people what I can do, and so I just stay optimistic, and whatever happens, happens. I just like to be behind the scenes like the national trial last year and just come and surprise.”

Blake, who is the second-fastest man ever in the 100m with a time of 9.69, won two silver medals in the 100m and 200m at the London 2012 Olympic Games, both times finishing behind his compatriot and former club teammate Usain Bolt, who holds the world record with a time of 9.58.

He went on to say, “This sets me up good because last year I didn’t start so well, but this year I started good, and so this is very good.”

Reflecting on his recent performance in the 60m race at the Camperdown Classic, Blake noted, “It is different, and it feels a bit weird, but I feel good nevertheless.”

Blake normally opens his season over 400 meters, but according to the 2022 national 100m champion, “those days are done for me.”

Blake expressed that he is feeling healthy and doesn’t have any minor physical issues. He also mentioned that he is excited to start the season, and this is his first time competing in a 60-meter race as a professional athlete, which makes him feel optimistic. Although there is still room for improvement, he is content with his performance, given that this is his first race and he has yet to dedicate much time to speed training.

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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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