Yohan Blake
Jamaican sprint athlete
Yohan Blake
Yohan Blake, is a Jamaican sprinter of the 100-metre and 200-metre dash races. He won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 100-m and 200-m races for the Jamaican team. He is known by the nickname, "The Beast. " Blake's 100 m personal best of 9.69 seconds makes him the equal second fastest man ever with Tyson Gay, and after Usain Bolt. His personal best for the 200 m is the second fastest ever after Bolt.
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WATCH: Bolt Regains 100 Gold
Huffington Post - over 3 years
MOSCOW -- His legs were hurting, the rain was pouring and he was trailing late in the race. Doesn't matter. This is Usain Bolt. And nothing gets in the way of him and first place, especially when he's driven as he was Sunday night in the 100-meter final at the world championships. Bolt blew by Justin Gatlin with about 30 meters to go and never glanced back. He also didn't even crack a smile when he crossed the finish line because this took a lot more work than the world's fastest sprinter usually needs. Gatlin was second and Bolt's Jamaican teammate Nesta Carter took third. Of all Bolt's titles, this one will have a special meaning, considering he false-started two years ago in the final to lose his crown. Now, it's his again. "It's always great to get back your title," said Bolt, who won in 9.77 seconds. "I'm happy with myself I got it done." Like Bolt, Brittney Reese and Ashton Eaton were just as dominant. Reese won her third straight long jump ...
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Usain Bolt: 'I've got to run real fast in Moscow to settle any doubts'
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
Jamaica's six-time Olympic gold winner insists he is clean and says he is keen to restore confidence in athletics with 'something special' at world championships Usain Bolt sits bang in the middle of a sprawling hotel room on a lazy Sunday afternoon. After he stretches out his hand, smiles and says a soft hello, the world's fastest man becomes a long-legged study in stillness and calm. He barely twitches a muscle while everyone else walks and chatters busily around him. Bolt has settled himself in the centre of a plush sofa as he waits for my questions. His eyes are hidden by dark glasses and he seems very serious, with so little time left before this week's world championships in Moscow. Ten days ago, in London, Bolt transfixed a raucous crowd at the Anniversary Games when he won the 100m with typical ease, despite a "horrifying" start. His status as the world's most famous and cherished sportsman remains strong. The track, however, is a much darker place now. Last month two of Bo ...
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Blake ruled out of world 100m title defense: manager
Reuters.com - over 3 years
KINGSTON (Reuters) - World 100 meters champion Yohan Blake will not defend his title at next month's World Athletics Championships in Moscow due to a nagging hamstring injury, his manager said on Tuesday.
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Blake Out of Jamaican Track Nationals
NYTimes - over 3 years
The sprinter Yohan Blake withdrew from Jamaica’s national championships because of a hamstring injury.
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WATCH: Usain Bolt Goes 400
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
KINGSTON, Jamaica — Usain Bolt kicked off his sprint season Saturday by making a rare appearance in a 400-meter race and finishing in 46.74 seconds. Bolt, who has back-to-back Olympic gold medals in the 100, 200, and the 4x100-meter relay, overtook Allodin Fothergill in the homestretch to win his heat. Bolt's biggest rival, Yohan Blake, ran 46.64 in a separate heat, finishing second to Warren Weir, the 200-meter Olympic bronze medalist, who finished in 46.23. There were no finals in the small meet, the Camperdown Classic, which drew about three dozen sprinters to Kingston's National Stadium. Bolt, the world-record holder in the 100 and 200, used to run the 200 and 400. But while getting ready for the 2008 Olympics, he took up the 100 and took a break from the longer distance.
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Bah Humbizzle: Snoop Lion, Sports Stars Take On Christmas Classic
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Charles Dickens classic "A Christmas Carol" has been seen many incarnations since its initial publication in 1843. Throughout the years, the story has been adapted by everyone, including the Muppets, the Flintstones and Dr. Who. Now, Snoop Lion and a slew of sports stars have thrown their names into the trove of Christmas Carol pastiches. In "The Cautionary Tale of Ebenezer Snoop," the rapper-turned-reggae-artist tells the story of a man who has lost his holiday spirit -- or, as Snoop puts it, "A classic tale of loss, regret, redemption, and, of course, partying." The tale is set in Snoop's hometown of Los Angeles. "Twas the season of eggnog and juice," the clip begins, before Ebenezer Snoop is visited by various sports figures and celebrities, who lend their voices as the Ghosts of Christmas Past (Stan Smith), Present (David Beckham), and Future (Derrick Rose and Rita Ora). The film also features cameos by Dwight Howard, Andy Murray, and Yohan Blake. Illustra ...
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Bolt Reveals 2016 Goals
Huffington Post Sports - over 4 years
AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Usain Bolt will aim for a three-peat of Olympic sprint titles in the 100 and 200 meters at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, rather than trying out a new event. After Bolt became the first man to successfully defend both sprint titles at the London Olympics, he was coy about his prospects of competing in Rio, and there was speculation he could switch to the long jump or 400 for a new challenge. But during a promotional visit to New Zealand on Monday, the self-declared "living legend" said his plan for 2016 "is all about just going and defending my titles." "I don't want to try any different events at Rio, because at Rio I will just defend my titles to show the world that there is a possibility that I can do it again," Bolt said at a news conference. "The three-peat. That's the focus – there's not going to be any different event." Bolt won the 100 and 200 and helped Jamaica win the 4x100-meter relays at Beijing and London. The 26-year ...
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Olympic track and field athletes push for change
USA Today - over 4 years
The Track and Field Athletes Association says it has support of Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake.
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Olympic track and field athletes push for change
USA Today - over 4 years
The Track and Field Athletes Association says it has support of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.
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Yohan Blake breaks car window as he hits cricket six
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
If you thought Yohan Blake’s sole purpose in life was to wait for Usain Bolt to retire and take over the throne of sprint king, then think again.
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Blake brushes up with net session
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
He is yet to be picked up by a KFC T20 Big Bash League team, but Yohan Blake is brushing up on his cricket skills anyway.
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Blake going for another 200 top time on favourite track; Bolt set for last Diamond League 100
Yahoo News - over 4 years
BRUSSELS - Yohan Blake failed to upstage Usain Bolt at the Olympics when it really counted. He stands a better chance at the Van Damme Memorial on Friday, even though the two Jamaicans won't race each other.
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Yohan Blake clocks 100 time that's second fastest to Bolt
USA Today - over 4 years
Bolt, the Olympic champion and world record holder over 100 and 200 meters, ran 19.58 seconds to win the 200 in Lausanne.
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Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake dodge duel at Lausanne Diamond League
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Following the euphoria of London 2012, Olympians from across the globe are competing again on Thursday night in a Diamond League meet in Switzerland.
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Cricket: Blake could join Bolt in Big Bash
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 4 years
SYDNEY: Yohan Blake could join Usain Bolt in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League, in a showdown between the world’s two fastest men on the cricket field. The Sydney Sixers franchise are hoping to lure him for the December tournament, after Bolt made it clear he wanted to turn out for the Melbourne Stars. Like Bolt, Blake is from Jamaica and cricket-mad, and the Sixers’ Chief Executive Stuart Clark said he was keen on setting up a clash between the close friends. “For one he is a great athlete, and yes he would be a marketer’s dream, but from all reports he can actually play cricket and that’s better than anything else,” Clark told the Sydney Daily Telegraph. “If he can do what he says he can do, and I have no reason to disbelieve him, Yohan would be a marquee player for me to sign. I would definitely be considering it.” Earlier this week, Shane Warne revealed he was leading a campaign to bring Bolt to Melbourne, with negotiations under ...
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Blake could join Bolt in BBL
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
Sprint sensation Yohan Blake is approached to play in the KFC T20 Big Bash League and Sydney Sixers lead the race for his signature.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Yohan Blake
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 26
    Blake finished fourth in the 100 m at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a time of 9.93 s.
    More Details Hide Details He failed to reach the final of the 200 m, finishing 6th in his semi-final. However, Blake won his second career olympic gold in the 4×100 m relay. Away from athletics, Blake continues to be a keen cricketer, having once held ambitions to play for the West Indies. Playing for the Kingston Cricket Club in the athletics off-season and specialising as a bowler, Blake once took four wickets for ten runs. On 16 August 2012, Blake rang the bell at Lord's Cricket Ground, London to signify the start of the third Investec test match between England and South Africa. He was the first non-professional cricketer to do this. Blake is also a fan of IPL team Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and has expressed his desire to play for them and also Yorkshire County Cricket Club. Like his compatriot Usain Bolt, Blake is a Manchester United supporter.
  • 2015
    Age 25
    Blake decided he was ready to race again in 2015 after recovering from injuries in 2013 and 2014.
    More Details Hide Details He failed to advance from the Jamaica Outdoor national championship semi-final in the 100 meters, placing ninth with a time of 10.36 seconds, with the top 8 advancing to the finals. He did not participate in the 200 m trials after that.
  • 2014
    Age 24
    Blake tried competing again in 2014, but placed 6th at the 200 m Lausanne Diamond League event, with a time of 20.48 seconds.
    More Details Hide Details He then suffered another hamstring injury and fell at the 40 meter mark during the Glasgow Diamond League 100 m race shortly after that, ending his season.
  • 2013
    Age 23
    Blake suffered a hamstring injury in April 2013. After running 20.72 seconds over 200 m in the Jamaica Nationals on June 8, thus failing to qualify for the 200 m event at the 2013 Moscow World Championships, Blake pulled out of the 100 m event of the World Championships, for which he had an automatic entry as the defending world champion.
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  • 2012
    Age 22
    On 23 August 2012, at the Athletissima Diamond League meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, Blake ran the 100 meters in 9.69 seconds, tying him with Tyson Gay as the second fastest man in history, behind Bolt.
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    The 2012 London Olympics was the first Olympics that Blake participated in.
    More Details Hide Details He came in as a serious threat to Bolt's 100 m title. In the 100 m final he placed second to Bolt in a time of 9.75 seconds. He also followed Bolt home in the final of the 200 metres where he won the silver medal in a time of 19.44 seconds, the fastest non-winning time in history. In the 4×100 m final, Blake ran the third leg as the Jamaicans won gold, setting a new world record time of 36.84 seconds.
    Blake began his 2012 season strongly, registering the first sub-10-second time of the season (9.90s) at April's UTech Classic.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to register a 9.84 second run at the Cayman Invitational prior to the Jamaican Olympic trials, where he beat Usain Bolt over 100 metres with a time of 9.75 seconds. He also won the 200 metres with a time of 19.80s ahead of Bolt at 19.83s.
  • 2011
    Age 21
    The following week in Brussels, Blake set a 2011 world leading time in the 200 m with a personal best of 19.26 seconds, the second fastest time of all-time of the event with an improvement of more than half of a second (.52 s) from his previous best 19.78 s set in Monaco in 2010.
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    At the 2011 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Zurich, Blake beat Asafa Powell in the 100 m with a personal best of 9.82 seconds.
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    At the 2011 World Championships, Blake comfortably made the final.
    More Details Hide Details Following the disqualification of compatriot Usain Bolt, Blake won the Gold medal in a time of 9.92s. At, Blake also became the youngest 100 metres world champion ever, surpassing Carl Lewis, who won the event at 1983 World Championships at the age of. Alongside Bolt and other Jamaican teammates in Daegu, Blake won the 4×100 m relay final and broke the world record (set by the Jamaican team at the Beijing Olympics in 2008) with a time of 37.04 seconds.
    He won gold at the 100 m at the 2011 World Championships as the youngest 100 m world champion ever, and a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 100 m and 200 m races for the Jamaican team.
    More Details Hide Details He is known by the nickname "The Beast". Blake is the second fastest man ever in both 100 m and 200 m. He is tied with Tyson Gay at 100 m with a personal best of 9.69 seconds as second fastest ever after Usain Bolt. His personal best for the 200 m (19.26 seconds) is the second fastest ever after Bolt. He holds the Jamaican national junior record for the 100 metres, and was formerly the youngest sprinter to have broken the 10-second barrier (at 19 years, 196 days). He is coached by Glen Mills and his training partners are Usain Bolt and Daniel Bailey. Blake attended St. Jago High School in Spanish Town where his first sporting love was cricket. Blake was a fast bowler, and it was only after the school Principal saw how quickly he ran to the wicket that he was urged to try sprinting.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2009
    Age 19
    Prior to the 2009 World Championships, Blake (along with Marvin Anderson and Sheri-Ann Brooks) tested positive for the stimulant 4-methyl-2-hexanamine.
    More Details Hide Details A disciplinary panel organised by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) cleared him of a doping infraction on the grounds that the drug was not on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list. However, JADCO appealed their own panel's ruling, stating that the athlete should be disciplined as the drug was similar in structure to the banned substance tuaminoheptane. As the panel would resolve the issue after the World Championships, the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association took the precaution of withdrawing Blake from the relay race. The appeals tribunal decided that a ban would be appropriate, and Blake and the three other sprinters each received a three-month ban from competition.
    Blake won the 100 meter "B" race at the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details His exploits at the Golden Gala in July represented a significant improvement. He proved himself to be a serious competitor at the senior level: he took third place behind Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell and improved his personal best with a 10-second barrier-breaking run of 9.96 seconds, becoming the youngest athlete ever to do so. He improved to 9.93 seconds shortly after, taking third place behind training partners Bolt and Daniel Bailey at the Meeting Areva.
  • 2008
    Age 18
    In 2008 when Usain Bolt was asked in an interview whether there was any sprinters that could challenge him, Bolt named his training partner Blake, saying "Watch out for Yohan Blake.
    More Details Hide Details He works like a beast. He's there with me step for step in training." The "Beast" nickname stuck.
  • 2007
    Age 17
    At this occasion, he was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the 2007 CARIFTA Games.
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    The record was set at the 2007 CARIFTA Games held in the Turks and Caicos islands where he also led his team to gold in the 4 × 100 metres relay.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1989
    Born
    Born in 1989.
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