Blake for UTech 100m

Blake for UTech 100m

Sprinter outlines plans as he chills in Bogue Hill heartland

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — IAAF World 100m champion Yohan Blake has confirmed he will be running the men's 100m race at this Saturday's fifth staging of the UTech Classic at the National Stadium.

Blake says he will be running his first 100m of the season at the meet that will pit the best of the island's top two clubs against each other, but says his training partner Usain Bolt, the double World Record holder, will only run the 4x100m relay.

While taking a day from his training schedule to host a fun day for residents of his Bogue Hill community and adjoining communities yesterday, Blake said Saturday's race is just to get him ready for his first real test of the season, the JAAA Jamaica International Invitational in a month's time.

"This is just a warm-up for the May meet... I just want to go out there and have fun, get the legs working again and get the cobwebs out of my system," he told the Jamaica Observer. Blake added that he had not run a "serious 100m" since last season.

Blake, who at 21 last year, was the youngest ever World 100m champion, when he won in Daegu, South Korea and who ran his personal best 9.82 seconds twice in the space of a week, said the relays should be fun but said the time would not be important.

"The 4x100m should be some fun for us, Usain will be running and we just want to go out and give the crowd some thing to enjoy and we hope it will be pretty good."

The former St Jago High sprinter said he was fully fit and eagerly anticipating the lead up to the Olympics in London in July-August. "God has been good to me and I have no injuries so far," he said.

Blake said further that his plans was not to race too much before the Jamaican National Trials in late June. "Coach Mills does not want us to race too much this year, so I am not expecting to be on the Diamond League circuit as we get ready for the Olympics," he said.

Preparations, he said, were going well. "I like the way my training has been progressing and coach Mills has made sure that everything is falling into place nicely, everything is going according to plan."

Blake, who was accompanied by his parents and several siblings at yesterday's event, said the idea behind the fun day was to "give back to the youths of the area" through the Yohan Blake Foundation.

"Looking back to where I am coming from and wanting to do some thing for the youth, to keep them occupied and give them something to look forward to, especially on a holiday when they might not be so busy," he said.

Blake, who fancies himself a cricketer in the mold of former West Indies captain Christopher Gayle, says he still plays Sunday cricket in the St Catherine league and has best figures of four wickets for 28 runs off 12 overs and has 12 wickets so far.

He also styles himself as a "ball beater" saying he comes in to bat in the last over or so and hits a quick fire 15 or 16 runs for his team.

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