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'My legacy starts next year'

Published:Monday | November 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM


World 100m champion Yohan Blake has no regrets about his 'bridesmaid' role at the London Olympic Games, as he focuses on starting his own sprinting legacy this coming season.

Blake, who entered the Olympic Games as the fastest man on the planet in both the 100m (9.75) and 200m (19.80), after twice defeating double world-record holder Usain Bolt at the Jamaican Championships, finished behind his training partner for second place in both events in London.

However, 22-year-old Blake is not too bothered about those results and is extremely pleased with his efforts; conscious that time is on his side and that he gave his best at the Olympics - matching his personal best in the 100m and running his second best time in the 200m.


"My legacy starts next year," Blake declared during the weekend's IAAF Centenary celebrations here.

"When you get a gold medal it's much better than a silver medal of course. I have two more Olympics in front of me, God's willing everything will be possible for me, to get that in Rio de Janeiro and I am looking forward to that. There are also two more World Championships coming up, so I am also excited about those," Blake added.

"I am 22 years old, I am young, I have a lot more years in front of me to accomplish more, but I definitely accomplish what I wanted (in London)," Blake added. "The real accomplishment came at the end of the season when I was really running well, the way I was supposed to run in the Olympics."

The former St Jago schoolboy star joined American Tyson Gay as the second fastest human being alive, running 9.69 in the 100m in Lausanne, 11 days after the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Blake, will start his campaign at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow next year, two years after he rose to capitalising on a Bolt false start and ejection to claim his first major medal; gold in the 100m final at the Daegu 'Worlds'.

"Gaining my experience from the last World Championships and even more from the Olympic Games, I also now know my competitors and what I can do. I am very confident right now because of what I did in London and I am very confident going into Moscow," Blake underlined.

Blake was in Barcelona to support his coach Glen Mills and Bolt, who were presented with the IAAF Coaching Lifetime Achievement and World Male Athlete of the Year awards, respectively.