LONDON, England — Despite coming into the Olympic Games as the man to beat, with the fastest time in the world in the 100m so far and back-to-back shock wins over Usain Bolt, World champion Yohan Blake said
he is not feeling any pressure to win here.
Blake said under the guidance of sprint guru Glen Mills he has learnt to separate his track and field life from the other parts of his life and he can focus on each when the time comes.
"There is no pressure on me," Blake told a press conference held at the Adidas press lounge in the Westfield Mall at Stratford, London, yesterday.
"Coach Mills has been working on me mentally and it has really paid off, I don't think about it (the Olympics), I just focus on other things, but there is no pressure... yes I am the fastest man in the world now and people say I am the man to beat, but when you get to the line that's different on that day we will see."
The ability to separate things, he said, has helped him not to think too far ahead and just have some fun.
He said he has not thought of himself as the pre-Olympic favourite, despite running the world leading 9.75 seconds at the Trials and beating Bolt over both distances, the 100m and 200m.
"I see myself as one of the competitors. I am here to compete as anything can happen on the day and we just have to wait and see what happens after we cross the
line Sunday because I have been working tirelessly."
Blake, who said he has a
single room in the Athletes Village, spends time watching other sports on television, including cricket
and at times Olympic swimming
He did admit, however, that he thinks the men's 100m final could live up to the hype. "It is going to be really good," he said. "It's really going to be good, it's going to be great. In every race there are always going to be surprises and everyone has been waiting for this moment for four years and it will live up to expectation."
The Olympics, he said, has
always been a dream for him and
he is making the most of it.
"I always wanted to be at the Olympics, this is everybody's dream and it's a lot of excitement to be here among everybody else," he said, adding that he got "goose bumps" and was feeling excited.