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World Champ leads powerful Racers stars at Camperdown Classic

Blake's back!

BY HOWARD WALKER Observer senior reporter walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Saturday, February 08, 2014    

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Daegu World Championships 100m champion Yohan Blake will make his seasonal debut, after a long injury lay-off, in the 400m at the Camperdown Classic today at the National Stadium at approximately 5:00 pm.

Blake, 24, who could not defend his title in Moscow, Russia, last year because of a hamstring injury, has been out of action from July 2013 and coach Glen Mills confirmed that he would open his season today.

Mills also revealed that contrary to popular belief, the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, will not be taking part this year, but World Championships 200m silver medallist Warren Weir will.

Last year Weir was the quickest in the quarter-mile in 46.23 seconds ahead of Bolt with 46.74 and Blake in 46.77 seconds at the Camperdown Classic.

Mills, a former Camperdown stalwart, will have his full Racers Track Club athletes at the meet, including the promising Kemar Bailey-Cole, veteran Michael Frater, Ristananna Tracey, Daniel Bailey, Rosemarie Whyte, Schillonie Calvert, Kerron Stewart, Melaine Walker, Delano Williams, Edino Steele and Jazeel Murphy.

The 10th staging of the Camperdown Classic will start at 8:15 am sharp with the running of the 400m hurdles open for men and women and should be concluded by 7:10 pm with running of the men's 4x400m relay.

The list of events are, as usual, the 100m, 400m hurdles, 800m, 1,500m, 4x100m, 4x400m, long jump, high jump, pole vault and 400m for clubs and institutions only.

There will be prize money of $100,000 to be shared among the top three schools in the 4x100m relay towards the Penn Relays.

Past student and Reggae Boy Ricardo Fuller will be this year's honouree.

Meanwhile, there will be three events at the King of the Ring meet at Excelsior High School geared towards the throwers.

The javelin open for men and women, the shot put and discus under-15, 17 and 20 for both sexes will complete the relatively small field events meet.

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