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Yohan Blake sets Cayman date

Published:Thursday | April 19, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Yohan Blake.

World 100m champion and current world leader Yohan Blake has been confirmed to participate in the inaugural Cayman Invitational Meet, which is set for the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Grand Cayman on May 9.

Blake, who sped to 9.90 at the University of Technology Track and Field Classics inside the National Stadium last Saturday, is filling up his calendar for the coming weeks, as he continues his fine-tuning ahead of this summer's Olympic Games in London, England.

Favoured to medal

The Racers Track Club athlete is a favourite to first of all qualify to represent Jamaica in the 100m, and then medal in London, after a breakout season in 2011.

The 22-year-old says that he is looking forward to competing at the event and believes the meet is a timely and welcome addition to the regional track and field calendar.

"Racers Track Club wanted to support the development of yet another athletic meeting in the Caribbean region, soI am looking forward to competing on May 9 in Grand Cayman," said Blake.

The former St Jago standout rose to prominence at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, last year, when he became the youngest sprinter to win the 100m World title.

He took his exploits to the 200m a few weeks later on the European circuit, bringing his season to a close in amazing fashion, with a 19.26 run - the second-fastest time in history behind Usain Bolt's 19.19 world record.

Blake is also scheduled to run at the JN Jamaica Invitational in Kingston on May 5, the adidas Grand Prix in New York on June 9 and the Donovan Bailey Invitational on June 16 at Foote Field in Edmonton, Canada.

The Jamaican is ranked number one in the world over 100m and in 2011, recorded more sub-10 races than any other sprinter.

He also ended the year with several awards, including the prestigious IAAF Performance of the Year honour at the IAAF Grand Gala in Monaco late last year.