Jamaica’s Deagu 2011 world champion Yohan Blake won the men’s 100m dash at Friday’s (9 July) American Track League in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Blake, who timed the starter’s gun very well, blazed down the straight of the Marietta High School track to cross the line in 9.95 seconds. “I am very excited about the time; give God thanks,” said Blake.
He was the only sub-10 runner as Americans Elijah Hall, 10.08 and Kyree King, 10.12, had to settle for the minor places. St. Kitts and Nevis’ Jason Rodgers was fifth in 10.26. Jamaican Javoy Tucker finished eighth in 10.35.
Blake, the second-place finisher at the Jamaica Olympic Trials, noted: “This is going to be my last Olympic, and I am looking forward to it. Definitely, I am not leaving that stadium (Tokyo 2020) without a medal.”
Track and field action at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is from 30 July to 8 August.
Blake ran the fastest time, 10.09, in the prelims.
English Gardner won the women’s 100m final in 11.12 ahead of Canadian Khamica Bingham, 11.21 and American Brittney Brown, also 11.21.
English Gardner led the qualifiers in the women’s 100m with 11.16.
Natalliah Whyte, who got into the final with 11.50, did not start, while Remona Burchell missed out after running 11.55.
King ran 20.26 to beat Jamaican Rasheed Dwyer, 20.62 and Kyle Greaux of Trinidad and Tobago, 20.74. Jamaicans Nathon Allen, 20.81 and Jevaughn Minzie, 21.00, were fourth and sixth.
Lyna Irby of USA ran 22.70 to take the women’s event ahead of fellow American Kortnei Johnson, 22.83.
Danielle Williams wins the women’s sprint hurdles
Danielle Williams, who was fourth at the Jamaica Olympic Trials, ran 12.62 to take the women’s 100m hurdles final. Williams, who ran 12.68 in the heats, beat Tobi Amusan of Nigeria, 12.71 and Tiffany Porter of Great Britain, 12.88.
Hansle Parchment, the London 2012 bronze medallist, was a second-place finisher in the men’s high hurdles. He ran 13.32 to finish behind Michael Dickson of USA, 13.23.
Ronda Whyte was the third Jamaica winner at the American Track League
Ronda Whyte of Jamaica won the women’s 400m hurdles in 54.47. She beat Melissa Gonzalez of Columbia, 55.54 and Trinidad and Tobago’s Sparkle McKnight, 55.62.
CJ Allen of the USA ran 48.73 to win the men’s ahead of compatriot Khalilifah Rosser, 49.28 and Andre Clarke, 49.67.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Machel Cedenio took second place in the men’s 400m, running 45.34 to finish behind Will London of USA, 45.08. Jamaican Demish Gaye finished fifth in 46.13, just ahead of Jamal Walton of the Cayman Islands, 46.35.
Candice McLeod, the fast-improving Jamaican quarter-miler, ran 51.51, only beaten by Jessica Beard of USA, 51.11.
Three other Jamaicans, Tovea Jenkins, 52.19, Anastasia Le-Roy, 52.35 and Tiffany James, 52.88, were fourth, seventh and ninth.
McLeod, Jenkins and James are members of Jamaica’s Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games team.
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Yohan I have faith that you can return to the top. Have faith in your self and keep your eyes on the light.
Giving God praise for you congratulations….
Block the toxic energy from the naysayers and keep raising the bar. Be the storm Yohan…God’s got your back.
Keep up the good work bro god bless
Congrats Yohan aka the beast.
the woman them doing good them need you
Definitely blessed….congrats Yohan.
More power in Tokyo.
Big up brother…and congrats
Keep up the good work buddy
Job well done Yohan, congrats wish you the best in Tokyo.
As he should 🥳🥳
Great job bro nest of luck going to the games really want you to end on a high note
his time now bolt retired
Have much respect for this guy. Wishing him all best wishes especially at the olympics.
In the name of Jesus Christ rise with speed like Elijah… Hallelujah hallelujah glory… Receive… One love
hope him do good at Tokyo
Smh, these injured runner is not running with no one,God is for everyone some of you think is God alone is in your corner
Your ready bro take it to them
Yes Blake you are back
Great going Yohan congratulations
Continue to put god before and he woll lead you to victory
Do it for us youth
The beast is back
Congrats Bredda Yohan.
uppppp genna carry the torch salute ….. beast mode continues…
Great going Sir
Just super amazing. I wish him the best
Congratulations. God is good. Well done
Nyam food Blake full time wishing luck and congratulations
9.95 won’t even get him in the 100 meter Olympic Finals
Paul Green unuh bad mine and envy there is notting about unuh notting that is in the good book about unuh..unuh Heart is heartless and dount carry know positive words in it…….unuh mouth unuh mouth is like a weapon of mass Distruction has unuh open unuh mouth unuh hear the mark of the Beast……..incurage the youth so He can keep up the good work…..
Paul Green Shut the hell up.Stupid boy
Congratulations is the order of the day 🙌 🙏🙏🙏
Yes show all the nay sayers. That God has the last and only say. To God be the glory
Just looking for those sub 9.8 seconds times, then my hopes will return.
Dennie Edwards it will come, he is getting there. Has not peak as yet.
Good job so proud of u
Go Jamaica 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲
Congratulaciones up top super Star so super proud 🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲🇯🇲
Hope he improves
Congratulations young man
Congratulations Jamaica to the WORLD
Medal 🥇 loading, just the color to be decided.
Rounding into form at the right time
Congrats on your win
Congratulations mr Blake
Keep up the good work, congratulations.
Hoping their is much better to come from him.
Jahnigh Clemmence good for him but me nah put my hopes up
Samoi Franklyn same here lol
But his time is up
He does good. He is definitely worth following. Good works in Jamaica with youth.
Good job Yohan
Congrats my boss