Jermone Blake is just one of few athletes reporting the “felt good” sentiment after returning to the track. Canadian Blake, like many, raced for the first time in months.

He ran 10.40 at a small meet in Canada, but for him, the time wasn’t that important, returning to the track was a big deal.

“Yeah it was my first race, and it felt really good to be back on track and get a race in after almost 11 months,” said Blake, who represented Canada at the 2019 Pan Am Games.

“It’s important because now my coach can get an idea of what we need to work on going forward as we prepare for the 2021 Olympic Games,” he told

As he prepares for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Blake said: “the rest of the year just say focus on getting better mentally and physically and continue working towards my goals.”

In his last race, Blake’s 10.40 was much better than his fellow competitors, Stephen Abosi, 10.83 and Nathan George, 10.98.

“The race felt really good, relax and powerful, but I could definitely tell I haven’t raced a long time.

He also said he had surprised himself “because with how crazy everything was with the lockdowns and the Olympics push to 2021 I just didn’t think we would get a chance to race till next season.”

“…. so to come out and run 10.40 with a month of training I can’t complain about it,” he added.

Blake, who turns 25 on August 18, has personal best times of 10.20 (100m) and 20.38 (200m).

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By Anthony Foster

Is a two-time Jamaica sports journalist of the year (2004 and 2005) and world-renowned journalist. One of his award-winning articles was on Usain Bolt, 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion and sprint double record holder, was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony has covered Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016; Six (6) IAAF World Athletics Championships between 2007 and 2019 and several other international sporting events, including the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his favourite football team, Argentina vs the USA in 2004.

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