Blake nominated for Laureus Awards

Saturday, December 17, 2011

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IAAF World Championships 100m gold medallist Yohan Blake is the second Jamaican nominated for the prestigious Laureus Sports Awards in the category of 'World Breakthrough of the Year'.

Blake, who took full advantage of his training partner Usain Bolt's disqualification in the final in Daegu, South Korea to become the youngest ever winner at age 21, was nominated along side 22-year-old Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, the US Open champion; British World 5,000m champion Mo Farah, South African Special Olympian Oscar Pistorius, who became the first double amputee to take part in the World championships.

In addition the 100m gold, Blake also ran the second fastest 200m ever when he clocked 19.26 seconds in Brussels and lowered his personal best in he 100m to 9.82 seconds.

Blake joins Bolt, who was nominated for the Sportsman of the Year award and will be seeking his third straight win after winning in 2009 and 2010.

Bolt, who was undefeated in the 2011 track season when he successfully defended his IAAF World Championships 200m title in Daegu, South Korea, while leading the Jamaican 4x100m team to retaining the gold medal while setting a new world record 37.04 seconds in the process, will join a list of other world stars for the award.

These include footballer Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona; tennis star Novak Djokovic; Tour de France winner, Australian, Cadel Evans; German basketballer and NBA star Dirk Nowitzki; and German motor racing star Sebastien Vettel.

— Paul Reid

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