Olympics 2012: Yohan Blake's Silver Medals Will Be Joined by 4x100 Relay Gold
Yohan Blake is just part of a Jamaican 4x100-meter relay team that also has three of four of the 2008 gold-medal-winning relay team in Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater. Even more important is the entire 2011 World Championship team is intact.
Blake had been the world champion in this event. He won in Daegu in 2011 with a time of 9.92 seconds. However, Bolt was disqualified with a false start and there is question as to whether he would have won had he not made that mistake.
Blake also ran his personal best in the 100-meter dash back in June with 9.75 seconds, setting up a showdown at the Olympics with his teammate and training partner in Bolt.
Amazingly, he matched his 9.75 second time, but missed out on gold as Bolt won it with a time of 9.63 seconds.
In Daegu, Blake didn't compete in the 200-meter dash. However, it's an event that he had been training for and he qualified for the Olympic event. He'd previously won gold at this distance in 2006 at the Under-20 CARIFTA games as well as at the under-20 Central American and Caribbean Junior Championships.
More of the same in his quest against Bolt here as well. At the Olympics, Bolt won the race with a dominating time of 19.32 seconds. Blake won silver here, still 0.12 seconds behind.
4x100 Relay Will Be Another Feather in the Cap
This time, the two training partners will team up. When there are the two fastest 100-meter runners in the world on the same team, it makes it tough for anyone to win.
However, it's not like Nesta Carter or Michael Fraser are slouches.
If looking at the personal bests for the four sprinters, this could be the fastest 4x100 meter relay ever won. Bolt has a 9.58 second personal best. Blake has a 9.75 second personal best. Carter can get a sub-9.8-second time and Frater can get just under a 9.9-second time for his leg.
This is the same team that ran the 37.04 world record in 2008 with a small upgrade of Yohan Blake ahead of Asafa Powell. It will be hard to see this Jamaican team not dominate once more.
Two silver medals and a gold is a great haul. No matter what country is being represented or what events they are in. Yohan Blake should be proud of his accomplishments and what he has achieved in London.
Maybe in Rio, he can win a gold from Bolt. However, it's looking doubtful that it happens if his teammate chooses to return to the Olympics. Either way, Blake has been impressive and will continue a long line of talented Jamaican sprinters with his performance in the 4x100-meter relay.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist and Trends and Traffic Writer for Bleacher Report. As a Featured Columnist, he covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.
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