Blake to hand-pick races in 2012

BY PAUL A REID Observer Writer reidp@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

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IAAF World Championships 100-metres champion Yohan Blake will not be running too many races this season as he prepares for the London Olympic Games later this year.


While he says he is not certain of the number of races that coach Glen Mills will enter him for, Blake said his schedule of meets leading into the July-August Games will be less than last season's when he won the 100m in Daegu, South Korea.


When asked whether he was "concerned about not running too many races to be competitive", the sprint dynamo said he had confidence in Mills, whom he described as "one of the best (coaches) in the world" who knows what he is doing.


Blake was responding to questions yesterday during a teleconference staged by the organisers of the Adidas Grand Prix Meeting to be held in New York on June 9.


According to the Jamaican sprinter, Mills has described him a runner they "can take off the shelf and run", adding that he would be ready when the time comes.


The former St Jago High star is one of the big names that will be on show at the Adidas Meet that will be held at the Icahn Stadium.


Blake will be making his fourth visit to the venue. He finished second in the Men's 100m on his last visit in 2010 when he was beaten at the line by Trinidad's Richard Thompson.


Blake also told the journalists he was not concerned about breaking records this season as winning an Olympic medal is ranked higher on his list of priorities.


Blake, who has the second fastest time ever in the 200m, 19.26 seconds, only behind his training partner and world record-holder Usain Bolt, says he will leave the record-breaking job to Bolt while he focuses on winning medals.


"I'm not thinking about breaking records right now," Blake said, but added that winning the 100m gold in Deagu had helped to raise his level of confidence.


"Confidence is important," he said. "Yes, you have to portray confidence when you go into a race."


He asserted that the Adidas Meet will be a great preparation race heading into the Jamaica National Trials, but said he won't be pressured into running too fast in New York.


After Bolt set his first world record there in 2008, Blake was asked if he felt he needed to send a message there come June 9.


"It will be a wonderful race, but it depends on the conditions. I'm under no stress, just going there to give the crowd their money's worth."



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