Blake remains a doubt for Bolt's final race
Doubts continue to swirl regarding the availability of Yohan Blake for the men’s 4x100m relay final at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics as the sprinter is believed to be struggling with an injury.
According to reports, Blake has not been able to train at full tilt as the team prepares to defend the title it last won in Beijing. Wilson confirmed that the sprinter while not entirely ruled out of the race is expected to be examined by medical personnel before a decision is made on his participation.
Blake, the second fastest man in history over both the 100m and 200m, has had a World Championships to forget after finishing fourth in the men’s 100m and failing to qualify for the final of the 200m.
“Well he did some hand offs today at about half-pace and we’re expecting that if there is a problem he’s a professional athlete, he’s an experienced athlete; he will have that conversation with the medical staff, he will also be examined by the medical staff if there is a problem,” the team’s coach at the championships Maurice Wilson confirmed on Jamaican television.
The runner’s unavailability would be a major blow to the hopes of the Jamaican team and its superstar Usain Bolt, who will be hoping for a gold medal in what is widely expected to be the final race of his career.
Blake was a member of the Jamaica 4x100m relay squad that broke the world record in 2011 at the Daegu World Championships with a time of 37.04 and later lowered that mark at the 2012 Olympics with a time 36.84.