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'It will take great execution'

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2011 | 12:00 AM

  • Blake believes he has a good chance of winning 100m gold

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

DAEGU, South Korea:

Young Jamaican sprinting star, Yohan Blake, is giving himself every ounce of chance to claim the top prize in the highly anticipated men's 100m final here at the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea.

Blake, who has impressed all season - showing his intentions early with a wind-aided 9.80 secondclocking at the Jamaica International Invitational in May - believes it will all come down to which athlete better executes their race plan in the final on Sunday, when they face the starter.

"It will take great execution," said Blake in reference to what he believes will be the deciding factor in a race that is expected to feature the defending Olympic and world champion, his training partner Usain Bolt, and former world record holder Asafa Powell.

"I definitely think that my chances are as good as anybody else's in that race and, as I said, it's going to come down to execution on the day and who runs the best race at that time," Blake added while fielding questions at an event hosted by Adidas here in Daegu.

Adidas has been sponsoring Blake since 2009 and is also a sponsor of his Racers track and field club.

Meanwhile, Blake, the national junior record holder over 100m at 10.11, is also the sixth-fastest Jamaican of all time with his 9.89, only behind Usain Bolt (9.58), Asafa Powell (9.72), Nesta Carter (9.78), Steve Mullings (9.80) and Michael Frater (9.88).

Blake, who is also the second-fastest Jamaican over 200m at 19.78, following Bolt's 19.19, says he plans to be aggressive throughout his races from the get-go and singled out his coach, Glen Mills, for the development he has shown in recent years.

"I plan to come out, be aggressive, try to make a smooth transition and we'll see what happens. You never know what will happen on the day, but that's my approach," Blake offered.

The 2006 World Junior Championships 100m bronze medallist added: "(My) season has been good, the starting has been good, it has been great and I have to give all the credit to Glen Mills for that performance in May, when I ran the fastest time in the world at that time, for instance."