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Blake ready to take baton from Bolt

Published:Monday | February 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman

Yohan Blake, the 2011 World 100m champion, remains happy with his pre-season progress so far, noting confidence in his ability to successfully replace Usain Bolt as Jamaica's leading male sprinter.

The Racers Track Club athlete anchored his team to a comfortable world-leading 38.59 seconds to win the men's 4x100m relay at last Saturdays' 41st staging of the Puma Gibson McCook Relays, at the National Stadium.

Following Saturday's win, he told The Gleaner that he is ready to be Racers' leading athlete after Bolt's expected retirement from the sport at the London World Championships, this year.

"Confidence? My confidence is back; I am running and feeling healthy, so it is great. Yes, definitely, I am the man to take over when Usain will leave," he responded in an interview.

According to Blake, he is comfortable and ready to run.




"It is my position to take over, so I have to, and I am definitely confident I can do that," confirmed the 27-year-old athlete.

Blake is a training partner of eight-time-Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt.

Blake, meanwhile, is already looking forward to represent Jamaica at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas in April.

He notes that he is happy with changes to his technique, made by coach Glen Mills.

"World Relays is definitely on. I love the Relays and I love the atmosphere ... I love the relays and I am just looking to keep Jamaica on top," he explained.

"Give God thanks, the preparation has been coming on fine; coach Mills has changed up a lot in my training and I am feeling excellent," continued Blake.

While Blake refused to go into details about the things his coach changed in his technique, he says he is ready to run.

"All I will say is that I am running more upright now and I am feeling good. I am feeling brand new," he explained.

Blake added that his leg feels rehabilitated after injuries: "I don't even know I have legs; they are feeling fine, and as you can see, I am running well."