By James K. Attaglo Wilson
Jamaican sprinter – Yohan Blake ran 20.62 seconds to win the men’s 200 metres final at the Velocity Fest meeting held at Jamaica College on Saturday, July 18.
The fastest Jamaican junior sprinter over 100 m with 10.11 seconds at the 2007 CARIFTA Games held in the Turks and Caicos islands [Blake] toppled Rasheed Dwyer [second, 20.66 sec] and Romario Williams [3rd, 20.89 sec] in the final race.
Yohan Blake became famous during the 2012 London Olympics, having placed second to Usain Bolt in both the 100m [9.75 sec] and 200m [19.75 sec].
In the 4×100 m final, Blake ran the third leg as Team Jamaican won gold, setting a new world record time of 36.84 seconds.
Despite being the hot favourite to win the men’s 100m gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Yohan Blake stumbled out of the blocks in the final, allowing Henricho Bruintjies [2nd] and South Africa’s Akani Simbine [1st] beat him to the ultimate prize.