Blake is ready to run

February 28, 2017
Yohan Blake piloting the Racers Track Club to victory in the 4x100 metres for men's clubs and institutions at the Gibson McCook Relays inside the National Stadium in February.

Yohan Blake, the 2011 World 100 metres champion, is happy with his 2017 progress so far, and has confidence in his ability to replace Usain Bolt as Jamaica's leading male sprinter.

The Racers Track Club athlete anchored his team to a comfortable world-leading 38.59 seconds to win the men's 4x100m at last Saturdays' Gibson McCook Relays at the National Stadium.

"My confidence is back; I am running and feeling healthy so it is great. Yes, definitely I am the man to take over when Usain leaves," he told STAR Sports.

According to Blake, he is comfortable and ready to run.

"It is my position to take over, so I have to, and I am definitely confident I can do that," confirmed the 27-year-old athlete.

Blake, a training partner of the eight-time-Olympic gold medallist Bolt.

Blake meanwhile is already looking forward to representing Jamaica at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas in April.

He notes that he is happy with changes to his technique, made by coach Glen Mills.

"World Relays is definitely on. I love the Relays and I love the atmosphere. I love the relays and I am just looking to keeping Jamaica on top," he explained.

Bolt has announced that this year's IAAF World Championships in London will be his last big meet before he retires from international competition.

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