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Usain Bolt herald his training partner Yohan Blake as the next big thing
  • December 1st, 2009
Yohan Blake

Yohan Blake

Usain Bolt believes his training partner Yohan Blake will be the next great sprinter emerging from Jamaica.

Bolt was quoted, “Blake is the man … he’s very, very determine. He works very hard and in the future, he’ll be very good because you can tell that he really wants it.”

Yohan Blake (born December 26, 1989) is a Jamaican sprinter and World Junior bronze medallist.

He holds the national junior record for the 100 metres and is the youngest sprinter to have broken the 10-second barrier.

Golden League Roma 2009

This is race is where we saw the birth of a new sprint Fenom Yohan blake of Jamaica only 19 years old 9.96 a personal best for the newcomer .

Blake’s personal best of 9.93 seconds makes him the third fastest Jamaican runner, after Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt.

He is coached by Glen Mills, and is training partners with Bolt and Daniel Bailey.


Born in St. James, Jamaica, Blake is the son of Veda and Shirley Blake. He attended St. Jago High School in Spanish Town. He set the fastest time by a Jamaican junior sprinter over 100 m with 10.11 seconds.

The record was set at the CARIFTA Games held in the Turks and Caicos islands where he also won the 200 metres and led his team to record breaking runs in the 4 × 400 metres relay and 4 × 100 metres relay.

Blake won the 100 metres “B” race at the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix. His exploits at the Golden Gala in July represented a significant improvement.

He proved himself to be a serious competitor at the senior level: he took third place behind Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell and improved his personal best with a 10-second barrier-breaking run of 9.96 seconds, becoming the youngest ever athlete ever to do so.

He improved to 9.93 seconds shortly after, taking third place behind training partners Bolt and Daniel Bailey at the Meeting Areva.

2007 Penn Relays

Yohan Blake leads the St. Jago school for the 4x100m relay team for an upset win at the 2007 Penn Relays. The time is 39.96s, and they’re high school kids!

Prior to the 2009 World Championships, Blake (along with Marvin Anderson and Sheri-Ann Brooks) tested positive for the stimulant 4-Methyl-2-hexanamine.

A disciplinary panel organised by the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) cleared him of a doping infraction on the grounds that the drug was not on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list.

However, JADCO appealed their own panel’s ruling, stating that the athlete should be disciplined as the drug was similar in structure to the banned substance tuaminoheptane.

As the panel would resolve the issue after the World Championships, the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association took the precaution of withdrawing Blake from the relay race.[13] The appeals tribunal decided that a ban would be appropriate, and Blake and the three other sprinters each received a three month ban from competition.

Personal bests

60 metres 6.75 Madison Square Garden, New York, United States 1 February 2008

100 metres 9.93 Paris, France 17 July 2009

200 metres 20.60 Kingston, Jamaica 21 February 2009


Posted by Uncle Sha.
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