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Blake plans 'magical' 2017

Published:Sunday | January 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Yohan Blake

National sprinter Yohan Blake says he is aiming to have what he has described as a "magical" 2017 season.

The 2011 100-metre World champion said his fans should expect good things from him this season because he is confident he can pull off a few surprises throughout the year.

"I am confident, but I'm not really focusing on what times I may set this season because I love to surprise the crowd," Blake told The Sunday Gleaner. "Many persons didn't think I would come back and run the times I did last season. I was consistent last season and this season. I'm just looking to execute my race and I have things up my sleeve, so expect good things from me."

Blake said these surprises may come very soon as he expects to be back competing next month.

"The Camperdown Classic (on February 11) and the Gibson McCook Relays (on February 25) will start me off, and I'm really looking forward to all of that."

Blake said he is not really focused on the task of trying to become Jamaica's next "sprint king" when Racers Track Club teammate Usain Bolt retires, as he does not want to put any undue pressure on himself and he just wants to focus on improving on last year's performances.

"Usain Bolt has been pushing me in training already for this year," he said.

"I don't know if this will be his last year, but I will try to motivate him to come back. But I'm ready and I'm feeling good. He's (Bolt) happy with where I've reached with my progress, so I'm happy and the coach is happy as well."

REMAINING OPTIMISTIC

Blake said that although things did not go exactly to plan at the Rio Olympics (he finished fourth in the 100m final), he is remaining optimistic about getting back to his best this year.

"Well, I was injured and my hamstring was torn completely off the bone, and for me to come back and finish the season with 9.93 (in the 100m final at the Olympics), that speaks volumes," he said. "Going into the 2017 season, I'm feeling myself, I'm running really well and I'm happy."