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Jamaica welcomes home Yohan Blake

Published:Monday | September 19, 2011 | 8:21 PM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

World 100m champion and the second fastest man ever over 200m, Yohan Blake, arrived in Jamaica after spending the last two months overseas in competition and in preparation for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

The championships concluded earlier this month in Daegu, South Korea.

Blake’s 19.26 run – posted a few days ago in Brussels at a Diamond League meet – is only eclipsed by training partner and fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt’s world record 19.19.

The athlete said he is happy to be home, and that he is still getting used to his heightened status on the international track and field stage.

“It’s a wonderful feeling, I have been away since June and to be back is a wonderful feeling,” Blake said, shortly after touching down at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

Blake, 21, became the youngest man ever to win the 100m at the World Championships when he sped to a 9.92 win despite a -1.4 wind.

He also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Bruce Golding at Jamaica House after meeting with sports minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

Golding heaped praise on the youngster during a 10-minute chat while Grange hailed him as an example for his peers.