15 Great Secrets About Yohan Blake

1. Yohan Blake (born 26 December 1989), is a Jamaican sprinter of the 100-metre and 200-metre sprint races.

2. He won a gold medal 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.

3. Blake’s 100m personal best of 9.69seconds makes him the equal second fastest man ever with Tyson Gay after Usain Bolt.

4. His personal best for the 200m (19.26 seconds) is the second fastest ever after Bolt.

5. Blake attended St. Jago High School in Spanish Town where his first sporting love was cricket.

6. 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.

7. Blake set the fastest time by a Jamaican junior sprinter over 100m with 10.11seconds.

8. 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.

9. Blake won the 100 meter “B” race at the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix. His exploits at the Golden Gala in July represented a significant improvement.

10. 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 9.96seconds,

11. Prior to the 2009 World Championships, Blake (along with Marvin Anderson and Sheri-Ann Brooks) tested positive for the stimulant 4-methyl-2-hexanamine. 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.

12. 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.

13. At the 2011 IAAF Diamond League meeting in Zurich, Blake beat Asafa Powell in the 100m with a personal best of 9.82 seconds.

14. The following week in Brussels, Blake set a 2011 world leading time in the 200m 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 (0.52s) from his previous best 19.78s set in Monaco in 2010.

15. He began his 2012 season strongly, registering the first sub-10-second time of the season (9.90s) at April’s UTech Classic. 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.

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