Yohan Blake

Yohan Blake in 2012 at the Olympic Games in London

Yohan Blake ( born December 26, 1989 in Saint James ) is a Jamaican sprinter and the 100-meter world champion of 2011.

His official personal best of 9.69 s makes him the second fastest sprinter of all time behind Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay next.


Blake was born the son of Veda and Shirley in Saint James Parish. He attended St. Jago High School in the former capital of Spanish Town.

In 2006 he occupied at the Junior World Championships in Beijing, ranked third in the 100 meters final. The Jamaican relay team, he won gold. In the CARIFTA Games 2007 he ran 10.11 s, the fastest ever spilled by a Jamaican junior time. In 2008, he only reached the fourth place in the 100-meter discipline at the Junior World Championships in Bydgoszcz. His season came in second to the finish.

Nicknamed "The Beast" ( German: the beast ) he got when Usain Bolt in 2008, in an interview said that Blake, the beginning of the year was changed to the Racers Track Club, like an animal ( " beast" ) train.

In the Jamaican Championships in June 2009 in Kingston, he was tested positive for the stimulant 4-Methyl -2- hexanamin. First, he was acquitted because the substance not on the prohibited list of WADA, but was later occupied by a 3- month ban because the substance has a structure similar to a banned doping agents.


In June, he showed at the Trials, where he finished second behind Asafa Powell, his ambitions for a medal at the World Championships.

On August 5, 2011, he celebrated at the Diamond League meeting in London with 9.95 s his first ever Diamond League victory, where he benefited from the cancellation Asafa Powell because of an injury.

On 28 August 2011, he won the gold medal in Daegu World Championships over 100 meters. With 9.92 s at 1.4 m / s headwind he won against his rival Walter Dix and Kim Collins. Before the big favorite Usain Bolt was disqualified due to its early launch. Even in the semifinals Blake was the fastest with 9.95 s. A second gold medal of these world championships won Blake along with Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Usain Bolt in the 4 x 100 - meter relay competition. The Jamaican relay team made ​​it with a time of 37.04 seconds for a new world record.

In the final of the IAAF Diamond League in Zurich, he won with a new personal best of 9.82 s with no wind the race ahead of Asafa Powell. On September 11, he won the ISTAF in Berlin again 9.82 s before Kim Collins and placed so that new competition record. At the Memorial Van Damme IAAF Diamond League on 16 September 2011 in Brussels Blake improved his Personal Best 200m of 19.78 s to 19.26 s and presented at the same time the Weltjahresbestleistung on. Only the world record holder Usain Bolt ran far faster.


After he was last year surprisingly become world champion, he consolidated his position as one of the world's top sprinters during the year.

In the Camperdown Classics in February in Kingston, he ran across the 400 meters with his new personal best of 46.49 s at the second place. On April 14, Blake won his first race of the season: When the UTech Classics in Kingston, he ran in the rain the 100 meters in 9.90 s His Racers season, when his training partner Usain Bolt ran as the final runner, won in 37, 82 s In his first 200-meter start, he won ahead of compatriot Ashmeade with 19.91 s, where he also equal aufstellte the Weltjahresbestleistung. Also at the meeting in the Cayman Islands, he won over the 100 - meters with 9.84 s and expressed satisfaction on past performance of the season after the race. At the Adidas Grand Prix in New York on June 9, he won in 9.90 s before Keston Bledman. Sunday's final race before the Jamaican Trials, he came to Edmonton with 10.05 seconds as the finish line first. At the Jamaican Trials on June 29, he won ahead of Usain Bolt in a new personal best of 9.75 s, and thus secured his Olympic participation. He added to his training partner so that the first defeat for two years and confirmed with his time the statements made by his coach, who had attributed to him the beginning of the year odds against Bolt. Two days later, he defeated with 19.80 s Bolt and 200m and hit him over this distance for the first time in five years. He also equaled the previous Weltjahresbestleistung by himself and qualified for the Olympics. In his last race before the Olympics won on July 17 in Lucerne. With a new meeting record of 9.85 s he won clearly ahead of Michael Frater.

At the Olympics he reached the final as each of his first semi-final and forward travel. There he was again his personal best of 9.75 s, but did so behind Usain Bolt only to second place and won his first Olympic medal. In the finals of the 200-meter race he won in 19.44 s Bolt behind the silver medal. Along with Carter, Frater and Bolt he won with a new world record, the gold medal in the 4 x 100 - meter relay.

On August 23, he won ahead of Tyson Gay and Nesta Carter in Lausanne, 9.69 s, he managed to stay under the 9.7 -second mark also as the third sprinter. A week later he won in Zurich and held this time 9.76 s, the competition at bay. His last race of the season, he completed over 200 meters at the Memorial Van Damme. With 19.54 s he ran the third fastest time of the year and secured the victory in front of Young and Lemaitre.


As in the previous year he started the season with a 400 - meter sprint at the Camperdown Classics in Kingston. On February 9, he started in a run with his teammate Warren Weir, who 's crossed the finish line in front of him with 46,21; Blake was charged with 46.77 s third in his run. On 23 February, he was also part of the Racers Lions 4 x 400 - meter relay, which placed second with 3:04,00 s at the Gibson Relays in Kingston. At the end of his pre-season he ran on March 23 at the UWI Invitational with 46.33 s, a new personal best over 400 meters.

Just like last year, he wanted to avoid confrontation in competitions as long as possible with his training partner Usain Bolt. So Blake said early on for meetings in Shanghai and Doha, while Bolt started in the Caribbean and the USA. On April 13, he was injured at the UTech Classics, where he went to the starting line about 100 meters. At first it seemed to be just a cramp, but an MRI later revealed that the injury was worse than previously thought. As a result, he had to cancel his participation for the three meetings in Kingston, Doha and Shanghai. Also in June, where the Jamaican Championships took place, he was at any international meeting at the start. Reports the newspaper Jamaica Observer in late June that Blake would not take part in the World Cup because of a planned operation and thus is inconsistent in the Jamaican squad, his manager Cubie Seegobin immediately denied. On July 17, his manager announced that Blake will not participate at the World Championships because of the injury suffered in April Blessur.


On February 8, Blake made ​​his comeback at the Camperdown Classics over the 400 meter distance. He came to 47.20 s in sixth place.