Tuesday, June 26, 2012

YOHAN BLAKE admits the Jamaican sprint trials will be harder than the Olympics

Blake won 100m gold at last summer's World Championships when his training partner Usain Bolt famously false-started.

He is again set to be the main threat to Bolt's chances of successfully defending his Olympic title at London 2012.

But the Jamaicans also have Asafa Powell, whose world-record Bolt first broke in 2009, Nesta Clarke and Michael Frater — with just three Olympic places up for grabs at their trials in June.

And Blake, 22, speaking from his training base in Jamaica, said: "All the guys are running really fast and most could get in an 100-meter final at the Olympics.

"It’s going to be a really difficult one because nobody’s spot is guaranteed, and you have to be ready on the day. I think it’s going to be tougher than the Olympics!

"Asafa is coming back into the picture, and I don’t think Usain will false start again. So it’s going to be interesting.

"Last year I was the one doing the chasing. You win and all these guys want a piece of you the next time. Basically it's everybody."

But Blake, who became the youngest ever 100m world champion, insists that training with runners such as Bolt has stripped away any awe at sharing a starting line with them.

He said: "I run with these guys all the time. At the starting line, I know these guys are human so I don't really feel so nervous.

Blake, who will open his season in New York at the adidas Grand Prix on June 9, admits he is working on his own start in a bid to beat Bolt this summer.

He said: "I want to work on the first 30 metres and get my start right. The rest of my race is wonderful but that I need to work on for London. All of that is going to come into play for the Olympics.

"Usain not running in the final last summer didn’t change anything, really. I was looking forward to running with him. We had been talking in training, we were going to lay it down there on the track. It was unfortunate. The false start was a big shocker.

"Usain pushes me a lot in training due to the fact that if he has to take one, I have to take two. He’s helped me because I have to run even faster in training to keep up with his speed. He helped me a lot to prepare last year for the World Championships and will do the same for the Olympics this year.

"I'm not thinking about times — that's for Usain. I'm more focused on getting a medal at the Olympics. I'm not into breaking records."

source: thesun.co.uk