Yohan Blake ecstatic to be back in the fast lane after bitter race with injuries

14 Jun

Yoham Blake after his third-place finish in the men’s 100m at the JN Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium on Saturday night. The race was won by Usain Bolt, with Nickel Ashmeade second.

Source: Jamaica Observer

After missing nearly two full seasons due to injuries, 2011 World Championships 100m gold medallist Yohan Blake is in a hurry to get back in to the fast lane of global men’s sprinting.

Various injuries have restricted the 26-year-old Blake to one major appearance in 2014, where he anchored the men’s 4x100m team to victory at the IAAF World Relays in the Bahamas.

In only his third race of the season on Saturday night, he was third in the mega 100m men’s showdown at the inaugural Racers Grand Prix at the National Stadium, running a season’s best 9.94 seconds, same time as second-placed Nickel Ashmeade.

“I feel really good, God has been really working on me, it’s a season’s best,” he said of the time. “I am feeling really, really great, everything is coming along really well.”

Blake opened the season with a sensational 9.95 seconds at a meet at the National Stadium on April 16, and then ran an easy 10.03 seconds at an Adidas meeting at the Adi Dassler stadium in Herzogenaurach, Germany, on May 14.

“This is my third race for the season and I have been consistent,” he pointed out.

He leaves the island tomorrow for an overseas meet next weekend before returning home to prepare for the June 30-July 3 JAAA Olympic Trials where he hopes to return to the national team at a major global meet for the first time since the London Olympics.

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