Yohan Blake: Why the Jamaican Will Be No. 1 in 2016
Jamaica had sped their way through the 2012 London Olympics, barely allowing anyone to drop their jaws before they cross the finish line.
One of the four Jamaicans that sealed the deal in the 4x100-meter relay Saturday night was Yohan Blake. Yohan hasn't been the focus of the track world, because, well, his teammate Usain Bolt deserves all the attention after a legendary performance.
Blake, however, will hold a powerful presence in the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Let's just say that Bolt will call it a career after having the Olympics that he has had in London.
Well, by default, Blake would become the face of Jamaican track (if not athletics). Blake is the second-fastest man by winning silver in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
He has gained experience by learning from Bolt and training with him. There's no disadvantage in learning from the greatest sprinter in the world. Blake can only get better from here.
The three-time London medalist can handle the pressure of being a No. 1 runner. He has also gained that quality from Bolt. Bolt definitely had the pressure of coming through for his country. If Bolt does not come back to run in 2016, Blake will become the top runner, and by judging the way Blake has handled these games, he'll be just fine down the road.
Blake is a world champion in the 100-meter dash. He won the race after his Jamaican teammate (Bolt) got a little too quick with his start and got disqualified. Blake took full advantage of that.
In April, Blake was the one who registered the first under-10 second time of the track season. In the UTech Classic, Blake put up a 9.90 in that race.
Blake has beaten Bolt this year as well. On their home track in Kingston, Blake edged out Bolt at the Jamaican Olympic Trials with his personal best 9.75 seconds. Blake has matched his personal best time in the 100-meter dash twice this summer, which goes to show that Blake is improving as time goes along.
Even if Bolt does come back, Blake can follow through by becoming the strongest one-two punch in track and field history. Sure, Blake may not win as many golds that way, but he can have sense in knowing there's no shame in that. He can be known as a great sidekick.
Who am I kidding? He wants to be his country's No. 1. That journey starts now.
If he keeps trending upward, Blake will go away with just as many medals, but more golds.
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