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Absolutely no plans for surgery - Blake's manager

Published:Monday | July 1, 2013 | 12:00 AM

André Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

Yohan Blake's manager, Cubie Seegobin, has dismissed reports in sections of the local media that world 100m champion, Yohan Blake, is set to skip the 100m at next month's IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Moscow.

The report claimed that Blake, who was forced to sit out the recent Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL) National Senior Championships after failing to recover well enough from a hamstring injury suffered on April 13, is due to undergo surgery and will not be able to defend his title.

That, however, did not affect his qualification due to his automatic spot as defending champion.

Seegobin denied the reports yesterday, stating that there has been no discussion or consideration regarding Blake's participation at the August 10-18 championships and that there was no plan for a surgical procedure.

"There is absolutely no discussions or plans for any surgery and I don't know where that information is coming from," said Seegobin.

"The coach has not yet decided on pulling him from the World Championships.

"No decision has been made about Yohan missing the World Championships," Seegobin added.

Blake, who is reportedly training and receiving treatment overseas, has only featured in one race since suffering injury at the UTech Classic - a laboured 20.72 run in a 200m at a JAAA All Comers meet on June 8.

On June 18, The Gleaner reported that due to injury, the 23-year-old would not have competed in the 200m at the JAAA/SVL National Senior Championships; that he would instead focus on defending his 100m title in Moscow.

Blake is the second-fastest man on the planet, with personal best times of 9.69 in the 100m and 19.26 in the 200m.

After winning the gold medal at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Blake claimed two individual silver medals in the 100m and 200m at last year's Olympic Games in London and also helped Jamaica to a world record 36.84 in the 4x100m relay final.