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'The Beast' ready to unleash

Published:Thursday | May 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Yohan Blake

Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer

Yohan Blake is ready to run fast, really fast. Revealing that 'The Beast', as he is called, has been caged for too long, Blake said he is desperate to be unleashed. The 2012 double Olympic silver medallist was speaking at the adidas Grand Prix Diamond League press conference in New York on Tuesday.

"I am at good fitness levels. My coach says I look like my old self," said the second fastest man of all time over both 100 and 200 metres. "I just want to run my first race internationally and show what kind of fitness I am working with."

Blake has run sparingly so far this season after missing most of last season with a hamstring injury that threatened his burgeoning career as second only to Usain Bolt. Blake runs next in Manchester, England, and intends to compete at the inaugural IAAF World Relay Championships in The Bahamas May 24-25.


"Running in The Bahamas is a big possibility," he said.

His manager, Cubie Seegobin, explained that Blake will run in The Bahamas, but he must first be selected by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association. He added that the athlete has provisionally been selected.

Turning his attention back to New York, where much of the fan-base is made up Jamaican and Caribbean nationals, Blake said he always enjoys competing for them.

"It's always fun to race in front of the of Jamaican crowd. They don't get to see us run often and it's always a passion to run in front of a good crowd that is always cheering you on throughout the world, no matter where you go."

He is hoping that after Manchester, he will be close to his best in time for his race in New York.

"I am going to the World Relays. I am going to have a lot of runs there; four by one and four by two, so I guess I will be up to speed by then."