Bolt's great – but my time is coming soon, says Yohan Blake


The Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Yohan Blake believes the time will come when he takes over from his fellow countryman Usain Bolt as the world's fastest man.

Blake joined Bolt as part of the Jamaica team which won the men's 100m relay gold medal at the London Olympics after finishing runner-up to his training partner when he repeated his 2008 double gold performance in the 100m and 200m.

The 22-year-old, who had beaten Bolt in the national Olympic trials, has set his sights on being No 1 by the next Games in Rio in 2016. Blake, who has remained in London following the Games, said: "When I beat him at the Jamaican trials, that gave me a lot of confidence."

Bolt was carrying an injury when he arrived in London but shrugged it off to retain his 100m and 200m titles, beating Blake into second place in both races. Blake admitted: "When I came into London, I knew [that] when he got a bit of fitness he was going to be great. I think this is his time – and I'm going to get my time."

Blake believes that their sprint rivals try to put pressure on him and Bolt by trying to come between them, but declares they are wasting their time. "A lot of people try to break us up – they say we can't train together. We have a wonderful chemistry. We are friends."

The Jamaican also paid tribute to the British fans who made him very welcome in London. "I think it was a wonderful Olympic Games. The people... every day the stadium was full and the British, they supported us, not only their athletes. I love London, I love the British people. When I finished my race and I won my medal people were hugging me, I loved that."

Blake, who was steered away from playing cricket and towards athletics when friends saw how fast he could run when he bowled, confirmed that he intends to take part in the Big Bash League, a Twenty20 competition in Australia, along with Bolt. "I could be a top man for the West Indies," he warned.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand shot-putter Valerie Adams is itching to get her hands on the London Olympics gold medal that is now hers after the original winner failed a dope test, but is bracing for a long wait that may spill over to next year.

The Belarusian Nadezhda Ostapchuk took gold in London with a throw of 21.36 metres but has subsequently given a positive sample. Adams, who hurled 20.70 metres to finish behind Ostapchuk, was the natural beneficiary of the outcome but her manager, Nick Cowan, was not sure when she would eventually get to feel her second successive Olympic gold.

"If a medal was available today she wants it today, which is fair enough. But she wants to celebrate it in New Zealand as well and, in all reality, I think what we are staring at is a medal presentation in New Zealand, which she is really excited about," Cowan was quoted as saying in yesterday's New Zealand Herald.

"But we don't know if that is going to be in a month's time, three, 10 or 12 so therefore we are preparing ourselves for a long haul.

"We can only hope that it will be quick and this side of Christmas, but it may not be and I have had that discussion with Valerie," he added.

What might further delay a medal ceremony for Adams was the fact that Ostapchuk was defending herself, the report added.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Clinical Lead / RGN

£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: IT Sales Consultant

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...

Recruitment Genius: Works Engineer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Hire Manager - Tool Hire

£21000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is seeking someone w...

Day In a Page

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference