Can Yohan Take The Record In London?

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Yohan Blake takes the win during his recent appearance at the adidas Grand Prix on Randalls Island in NYC on June 10, 2012. (Hayden Roger Celestin image)
News Americas, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday, July 2, 2012: With Yohan’s Blake shocking upset of Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt at the three-day national trials over the weekend, the question on everyone’s lips is whether the young man from St. James can repeat the performance in London later this month.

Blake stunned locals and athletics fans alike, to make headline around the world by beating the son of Trelawney, twice over the weekend.

On Friday evening Blake powered to a win over his team mate in the 100-m in a time of 9.75 second win, 0.11 seconds faster than Bolt, who has grown to be known since the 2008 Beijing Olympics as the ‘fastest man in the world.’

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And on Sunday, July 1, he pulled off his second win with an emphatic 19.80 seconds win in the 200 meters. Bolt came in second at 19.83 seconds.

The two have trained together leading to Blake’s uptick in performances this year. And there seems to be no ill feelings on Bolt’s part.

“He (Bolt) said, ‘Congratulations good run, you won,'” Blake told reporters. “‘You’re the better man on the day,’ and I just gave him thanks because he has always motivated. He told me coming into the race to keep calm and that’s what I did.”

But as all eyes turn to the summer Olympics, set to commence on July 27th, the buzz is whether it will be Blake besting not just Bolt but the American squad to snatch Olympic gold, the title of “World’s Fastest Man” and the bragging rights that go with it.

Bolt seems to be not in his usual tip-top condition. He ended the race Sunday lying flat on his back on the track grimacing in pain as medical staff rushed to his side to work on a cramped right thigh.

His coach Glen Mills has that Bolt is not 100 percent fit and it has shown, not just with Blake’s beating him, but his struggle to get out of the blocks.

Bolt himself has admitted he is “a little bit weak” but insisted: “I have a few more weeks to get myself back into shape. I’m not far off, I know I can get it done, I’m not worried.”

So with Yohan in full health and steaming up the tracks, the bets are on to see if he can take the win later this month and become the world’s fastest man too.