Blake excited by 'big' 100m showdown


June 09, 2016

Former world 100m champion Yohan Blake says he is looking forward to this Saturday's Jamaica National - sponsored Racers Grand Prix inside the National Stadium after a strong return to competition.

Blake had been bothered by injuries over the past couple seasons but seems to be nearing his best after a 9.95 run at the MVP Track and Field meet in April.

The double Olympic silver medallist will line up in what is sure to be an explosive 100m clash which will also feature Olympic champion and triple world record holder Usain Bolt, former world record holder Asafa Powell, Commonwealth champion Kemar Bailey - Cole and South African Akani Simbine.

"I have to give God thanks, he has done some miracles in my life. I haven't ran in a fast race like this in over two or three years and I am looking forward to it," said Blake.

"We train and compete every day," he added in reference to Bolt. "We know each other well, but to have a race like this in Jamaica is really wonderful. This will test me and show me where I really am but I have been training well and I feel really wonderful."

Blake's coach Glen Mills is also pleased with the sprinter's progress this season and expect him to continue improving with the season.

"I am expecting him to continue the progress he has made so far. I expect him to build on the 9.95 he ran earlier this season leading up to the trials. He will only get better. In his case the more he runs well in competition the greater the improvements. He has been at the top level before so its just about working his way back to the peak," said Mills.

The first event at the Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix is set for 6:45pm with the men's 100m scheduled to bring the curtains down at 9:30pm

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