André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter
With A 100m gold medal at last year's IAAF World Championships and a silver here at the London Olympic Games, young Jamaican Yohan Blake is now rubber-stamped and certified: But 'The Beast' is still hungry for more.
Blake equalled his personal best 9.75 to finish behind training partner and mentor Usain Bolt, who ran 9.63 - the second fastest time ever - and ahead of American Justin Gatlin, who also got a personal best 9.79.
While elated with the win, Blake, 22, can hardly wait to get back on the track. With the 200m next up on the to-do list, Blake, who ran a blistering 19.26, last year is the second fastest time over the distance, feels the world is in store for another sweet duel between himself and Bolt.
"This is my time of the season and this is when I really tend to run fast. I don't want to say what time I might run, but I just want to go there and execute a good race," said Blake.
Sprint relay team
Blake helped Jamaica to a world record 37.04 in the 4x100m at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu last year and is expected to play a major role in the country's sprint relay team this week, but also made himself available for the 4x400m relay squad.
"I am looking forward to the 200m, that is going to be another good race," Blake said.
"I am fit and ready, and if the guys need more help on the 4x400m, I will ask coach about it, but the 200m is coming up and I am just looking forward to that and the 4x100m as well," Blake added.
Blake will again face a highly motivated Bolt, who made it clear that he will be doing everything in his power to return to the top of the podium; an achievement, which he believes will guarantee his position among the legends of the sport and make him the first man to win back-to-back sprint doubles at the Olympic Games.
"Blake is great," said Bolt. "I think over the years he will get more experienced and he will execute even better, without a doubt, when he runs more with these big guys. But I told him that he will not get this one and that I wanted it, because right now I need this to become a legend."
The pair are expected to claim the top two podium spots, with Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre and American Wallace Spearmon challenging.