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Yohan ‘The Beast’ Blake returns with 200m run after long layoff

Published:Monday | June 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMRaymond Graham

AFTER missing most of the season last year, due to injury, former World 100 metres champion, Yohan Blake, made his first competitive run for 2015 at the fourth Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA) All Comers Track and Field meet at the National Stadium on Saturday.

With all eagerly anticipating the appearance of 'The Beast', Blake took it quite easy. Competing with an average line-up in the final 200 metres heat of the evening, he went through the motions, winning the race in 21.57 seconds, running in a minus 1.4 metres per second wind.

His time was 25th overall on the day among the seniors.

Meanwhile, intermediate hurdlers Jaheel Hyde, Leford Green and Ronda Whyte stole the spotlight.

World Junior champion Hyde and former national senior champion, Green, gave fans a glimpse of what will happen at this month's National Senior Championships, as both were involved in an epic battle.

battle royale

Following his disappointing run in his Diamond League debut in Eugene, Oregon, Hyde returned to more familiar settings and, drawn behind Green, he was out very fast, easily getting by Green.

However, the older athlete caught Hyde when they touched the straightway and both had a battle royale to the end, as they touched the finish line together in a respectable 49.87 seconds.

Hyde got the win by the photo-finish camera. GC Foster College's Andre Clarke was some way back in third, clocking 51.30 seconds.

Whyte continued her massive improvement in the women's event as she produced another big personal best. In a commanding display, Whyte went under 57 seconds for the first time in her career, stopping the clock at 56.72, improving on her previous best of 57.07 seconds.

Edwin Allen's Shannon Kallawan was way back in second in 1:01.56, with Holmwood Technical's Jonel Lacy third in 1:02.85.