Yohan Blake announces plans to retire from athletics after Paris 2024 Olympics

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Yohan Blake opened his season over 400m at today’s Camperdown Classic at the National Stadium in Kingston.

Blake, who won the 2011 world 100m title, finished the event in 9th overall with his 47.42. Kavon Nelson of Akan Track Club was the fastest of the day with 46.54.

Zharnel Hughes who won Blake’s heat, ahead of Annsert Whyte (46.85), was second overall in 46.58 while Jaheel Hyde, winner of heat 2, finished third in 46.67.

Ashanie Smith of St Catherine won the class 1 boys 100m in 10.59, Rosean Young of Calabar took Class 2 in 10.68.

In the girls 100m events, St Jago’s Tissana Hickling took class 1 in 11.78, Shaunelle Wallace of Immaculate won class 2 in 12.05, Joanna Reid of St Jago topped class 3 in 12.30 and Brianna Lyston also of St Jago, the class four winner in 12.29.

Damean Creary of Wolmer’s won the Class 1 boys long jump with a leap of 7.30 metres.

Calabar ran 40.38 to win the boys Class 1 4x100m relay.


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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