No risk taken with Blake
... Not expected back until National Trials
Cubie Seegobin, manager of world 100m champion Yohan Blake, has made it clear that no risks will be taken with his client and that every step is being taken to ensure that the athlete fully recovers from a lower right hamstring injury before he returns to the track.
An MRI on Monday showed that Blake suffered two 'minor' tears to his lower hamstring during his ill-fated run at the UTech Classic last Saturday inside the National Stadium and is set to miss six to eight weeks of action, ruling him out of the Jamaica International Invitational along with Diamond League meetings in Doha and Shanghai.
Seegobin also confirmed that the area was swollen over the last weekend but noted that it is slowly subsiding.
It, therefore, means that Blake, the joint second-fastest man in history with a 100m personal best of (9.69) and a 200m best of (19.26), will next compete at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships, June 27-30. The meet will be used to help select the team for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, August 10-18.
Blake, as the defending 100m world champion, will have an automatic bye to the World Championships as an IAAF incentive and is expected to be selected for the 100m. The Olympic silver medallist will, however, need to run for his spot in the 200m at the national championships.
However, Seegobin, underlined that the athlete will not be rushed back into competition with the focus now being solely on his full recovery.
"After the injury at the meet (UTech Classic), he didn't think it was anything serious. He thought it was a slight cramp and he stopped, but on Sunday he got a little swelling on it. The next day always tells you what's happening, whether you tore something or whatever and we had an MRI done on Monday and it showed that he had two very minor tears, so basically we are being very cautious," Seegobin said.
"We are not going to rush him back, he is not a regular athlete where you can say in two weeks he is ready to go. The doctors say it will take six weeks for him to be healthy again and, of course, he has to train, so we are looking for him to be ready at the Jamaican championships in the 200m," Seegobin added.