The new king? - Blake eyes Bolt's crown

June 26, 2017
Yohan Blake (left) winning the National Senior men's 100 metres title ahead of Julian Forte (right). Blake clocked 9.90 seconds while Forte was second in 10.04.

Former World 100 metre champion Yohan Blake plans on maintaining Jamaica's dominance in the sprints when Usain Bolt retires this summer by taking over the mantle himself.

Blake lit up the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association National Championships, bagging the men's 100 metre title, registering his fastest time (9.90) in nearly five years in the process.

However, some experts believe the former St Jago star, who has had a painstakingly slow recovery from a recurring hamstring injury he picked up just over three years ago, may be under too much pressure.

 

DOMINANT FORCE

 

The 27-year-old said his goal is to keep Jamaica as the dominant force in sprints and has placed his faith in God to lead the way.

"I have the talent and every day Usain Bolt encourages me. Someone has to take up the mantle for Jamaica and I want to keep it like that, and God is on my side, so I am going for it," he told STAR Sports.

The man, formerly known as 'Beast', but now refers to himself as 'Blessed' believes he is past the worst of his injury dilemma and is confident he is nearing his best form again.

He has his eyes on reclaiming the title he won in Daegu in 2011 at this year's World Championships in London.

"Me and coach (Glen Mills) have been working on specific things and I just come out to take it one race at a time, and I know God will see me through. Yes, it's (form) coming back and you can see it every time I run ... at the World Champs, everybody's aim will be gold, and that is my aim as well," he said.

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