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Blake fancies race executive over experience

PAUL A REID Observer writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Thursday, August 02, 2012    

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LONDON, England — Yohan Blake has said that experience is overrated and it is all about what happens on the day as he gets ready to compete in his first Olympic Games here in London in a few days.

While Blake will be taking part in only his second global championships after winning two gold medals at the IAAF World Championships in Deagu, South Korea, last year, most of his top rivals have competed at this level before.

The other two Jamaican men who will be running the 100m, Usain Bolt, who will be defending both sprint titles, and former world record holder Asafa Powell, will be competing in their third Olympics; American Tyson Gay is in his second, while another American Justin Gatlin is in his second after missing 2008 in Beijing serving a four-year ban after testing positive a second time for illegal drugs.

At a press conference held yesterday at the Adidas media lounge at Westfield Mall just beside Olympic Village in Stratford, London, Blake said his inexperience at globe's biggest sporting extravaganza

would not deter him from chasing three gold medals.

Blake, who won the IAAF World Championships 100m gold medal in Daegu, South Korea, last year and beat double world record holder Bolt in both the 100m and 200m finals at the Jamaican National Trials in late June, said: "For me it is all about going out there, keeping focused and getting the job done."

The just over 30 minutes long press conference attracted dozens of journalists from all over the world and was dominated by questions about Bolt, Blake's training partner.

Blake, the world leader in the 100m with his personal best 9.75 seconds done at the National Trials said: "It's not about me beating Usain. On the day everybody wants the gold and to get the gold you have to win, right? I am just focused on executing a good race."

As Bolt did in a press conference last week in east London, Blake said the two were good friends, regardless of the results on the track. "Usain and I are friends; we joke around in training every day and we have fun and on the day, win (or lose) we are going to still be friends, so we are just keeping a good chemistry going on coming into the Olympics, but when we get to the line it is going to be different, it is business, every man to himself."

While most people were always looking for fast times and world records, Blake said his aim was "just to execute a good race", but said with so many men running fast this year, the final time could be fast.

"Everyone wants to see world records, but for me it is just going out there and executing a good race... when you have fast guys running wonderful times, Usain, Tyson (Gay), myself, Justin (Gatlin) and Asafa (Powell) you know great things can be expected because you know those guys are really fast, but we are not really looking at times, the gold is the objective."

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