28 October, 2020

Deep Secrets Revealed! Why Yohan Blake Is Bitter About His Rivalry With Usain Bolt

Yohan Blake, the youngest ever world 100 metres champion, blames coach Glen Mills for not letting him challenge Usain Bolt enough number of times. Was Bolt scared of losing to Blake, his training partner?

Photograph by Apoorva Salkade
Deep Secrets Revealed! Why Yohan Blake Is Bitter About His Rivalry With Usain Bolt

Planet Earth’s second-fastest man, Yohan Blake, wants Indian motorists to practise lane driving. The Jamaican, who became the world’s youngest 100m track champion at the age of 21 years and 245 days in 2011, was in Mumbai to promote road safety through a T20 cricket tournament to be played among legends of India, Australia, West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka in February next year. Blake, whose first love is cricket, has four Olympic sprint medals, including two with the Jamaican 4 x 100m relay quartet that included the irrepressible Usain Bolt. Clocked in 2012, Blake has a personal best of 9.69 seconds in 100 metres. Together with Tyson Gay, Blake has the second fastest time--19.26 seconds--in the 200m. Only Bolt has run faster. In an exclusive chat with Soumitra Bose in Mumbai, Blake, for the first time, spoke on his complex relationship with training partner Bolt, his dream of winning gold in Tokyo 2020, the politics of doping and what it means to have an Olympics minus powerhouse Russia....



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