Blake promises 'energy'
Quarter-miler Dominique Blake has expressed delight after being named in Jamaica's team to next month's World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England, from March 1-4.
Blake, 31, will be making her first senior appearance for Jamaica after serving a four-and-half-year ban for the performance-enhancing drug, methylhexanamine.
She was selected by the Jamaica Athletics Administration Association (JAAA) as there was no National Trials for the World Indoors team.
Blake told STAR Sports from her base in the United States that she was very grateful for the opportunity to represent the country again.
"I am absolutely ecstatic about being selected for the World Indoor Championships," said Blake.
"Special thanks to Jamaica and JAAA for considering and selecting me. I am extremely happy to be able to represent my country on the world stage after being suspended," she said.
"It is really a testament to the hard work, perseverance and believing in your passion and your dream because I can't think of any athlete who has been out of the sport for four-plus years and have the opportunity to come back and be on the world stage, representing their country again," she added.
Blake has a personal-best time of 52.91 for the 400m indoors. She said she has received a lot of support from fellow athletes following her return to track and is looking forward to the championships.
"The response has been phenomenal because I have received nothing but support, all positive response, and everyone is excited to have Dominque Blake energy back in the sport. I am now really excited to put on a good show for my country and represent them well," she said.
"It has been a wonderful journey and so I am excited to be back in the sport, doing what I love to do and showing other people that you can do and have anything you want, as long as you put in the hard work."