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Racers ready to unleash speed machine

Published:Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 4:00 AMShayne Fairman

Buoyed by charges Yohan Blake and Warren Weir's performances at last Saturday's MVP Classic at the National Stadium, Racers Track Club boss Glen Mills feels confident that his outfit is ready to turn on the speed again.

The University of the West Indies-based Racers duo took the spotlight ahead of their MVP/University of Technology, G.C. Foster College, and Cameron Blazers rivals, last week, in what seemed to be a successful return from injury.

London 2012 Olympics double silver medallist Blake, logged a world-leading 9.95 seconds, while Weir, the 2013 IAAF World Championship 200m silver medallist, clocked 10.07 seconds.

Mills, while full of praise, was not surprised.

"We are the home of excellence. If you follow our history, when it comes to speed, we are number one," said the confident-sounding coach.

When asked if their leading sprint icon Usain Bolt would show up in the same kind of form, Mills said, with a laugh, "We will see, we will see."

The veteran coach, who has conditioned six-time Olympic gold medallist Bolt and Blake, the second fastest man of all time, revealed that "he is getting ready, though".

The athletes meanwhile said that they were happy to return to world-class form following their respective injuries.

Blake, who missed the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and last year's event in Beijing due to separate issues, said it was a tough time, but it meant a lot to be back.

"For two years, I've been out of the sub-10 club, so I thank God, who has been working in my life. It feels good to be back," he said.

His training partner, Weir, added: "I am very, very wonderful. I must say give God thanks (that) I finished another injury-free race and my recovery phase is going very good."