‘The Beast’ no more

April 18, 2016
Coach Glen Mills (left) talking to Yohan Blake after the sprinter clocked 9:95 on Saturday at the National Stadium. Jermaine Barnaby
Jermaine Barnaby Yohan Blake (left) and Warren Weir knock fists as they cooling down after clocking 9.95 seconds and 10.07 seconds respectively in the 100m in the MVP Classics at the National Stadium on Saturday.

Former 100m world champion Yohan Blake no longer wants to be referred to as the 'Beast.'

He roared his way to another superb sub-10 clocking, which, no doubt, silenced some doubters and critics who might have written off the 26-year-old's ability to return to his finest sprinting.

Blake has a 100-metre personal best of 9.69 seconds, the equal second fastest with American Tyson Gay, both behind Usain Bolt, and a personal best of 19.26 over 200m.

Blake, who was beset by injury for the last three years, set a world leading 9.95 seconds in his first 100m of the season at the MVP Classics at the National Stadium on Saturday.

"Fit and ready to run," Blake said after lighting up a relatively quiet National Stadium.

He now eagerly hopes to pick up the mantle ahead of the Olympics in Brazil.

"I felt really good from the relay and I said to myself I am gonna get a nine something or the world lead," an emotional Blake said.

Though it had taken him two years to return to his former speed, Blake crafted an ordinary start into a world-beating time, leaving the rest of the field in his wake.

Rasheed Dwyer finished second and British runner Zharnel Hughes was third in 10:10 seconds.

Blake said it meant a lot to be back in the elite sub-10 club.

"For two years I've been out of the sub-10 club, so I thank God, who has been working in my life. It feels good to be back," he said.

Meanwhile, Saturday news came that Justin Gatlin ran a wind-aided 9.90 seconds in The Bahamas.

"I wanted to hear his (Gatlin) time before I run, but I guess we are pretty close. I am not worried. I am fit and ready to go," Blake said.

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