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Yohan Blake is an athlete competing in Track & Field at the 2012 London Summer Olympics for Jamaica.

Yohan Blake will look to make his Olympic debut for Jamaica this summer in London, where he will try to contend for a medal in the men's 100m, 200m and on his country's 4x100m relay. The 22 year old burst onto the scene in 2007, just his second year of competition for Jamaican scholastic track power St. Jago, breaking the national junior record in the 100m. The 100m world champion has now set sights on the world records held by his training partner, Usain Bolt.

Bolstered by the confidence and swagger gained in winning his first world championship in Daegu, Blake capped the 2011 season with the two fastest performances of his career. At the Weltklasse Zurich meeting, the first Diamond League event post-Worlds, Blake won the 100m in 9.82 seconds, a time he would equal three days later at the ISTAF meeting in Berlin. Blake capped the year with a victory in the 200m at the Diamond League Memorial Van Damme meet in Brussels, clocking 19.26 seconds, a time trumped only by Usain Bolt's world record 19.19 in history.

All eyes were on Jamaica's Usain Bolt as he got into the starting blocks to defend his 100m title at the World Championships. Although he had run well in the heats and qualified easily, Blake was not the central focus entering the final. But when Bolt jumped the starting gun and was disqualified from the race, attention shifted immediately to Blake. Under the glare of that spotlight, he blasted his way to victory in 9.82 seconds, earning his first world title. Later in the meet, he teamed with Bolt on the end of Jamaica's 4x100m relay to win a second gold and set a new world record time of 37.04.

Although he had achieved the feat in 2009, due to his doping ban the first recognized time Blake broke the 10-second barrier was in 2010 when he ran 9.91 in a runner-up finish in the 100m at the adidas grand Prix in New York. Blake lowered his PR to 9.89 two months later at the Aviva London Grand Prix. He finished the season with five sub-10 clockings.

Prior to the 2009 World Championships, Blake (along with fellow Jamaican sprinters Marvin Anderson and Sheri-Ann Brooks) tested positive for the stimulant 4-Methyl-2-hexanamine. Although the substance was not on WADAs banned list, the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission felt the athletes should be disciplined as the drug was similar in structure to the banned substance tuaminoheptane. Blake and the others received three-month bans and had their results from nullified. The penalties were not handed down until late summer and Blake was held out of the World Championships as a precaution.

In a two-week span in April 2007, Blake erupted onto the international track scene. After running a personal-best 10.21 seconds to win the 100m at his interscholastic championship, Blake blazed his way to a 10.18 in the prelims at the CARIFTA Games and then won the Under-20 100m in 10.11, breaking the Jamaican junior national record set by 1984 Olympic silver medalist Raymond Stewart.

Blake says one of the reasons he got into running was to one day be like Asafa Powell, Jamaica's biggest track star and the world record holder in the 100m at 9.74 seconds. "He's one my biggest idols," Blake said. "I love to talk with him and get advice. It really means a lot to me whenever I hear him speak of me as well, because I'm one of his biggest fans even though I'm almost as big as him."

After breaking the Jamaican junior national record, Blake became somewhat of a celebrity among the local ladies. "Since my success, girls have started coming around more than ever," Blake said. "You find all different numbers calling me late at night and I don't even know how they get it. It can be a real distraction, but I don't let that bother me." Blake said when he's done running he wants to study gynecology because he finds the female body, "fascinating."

Blake said that he feels fortunate to run for an established program like the one at St. Jago, because it has given him a better chance to succeed than his parents, Veda and Shirley Blake, did. "My ultimate goal for the future is to make it in life, come out to something good so that I can help my mother and my father and the rest of my family," Blake said.


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Age: 26 years old
Birthday: December 26, 1989
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 172 lbs.
Birthplace: St. James, Jamaica
Hometown: Spanish Town, Jamaica
Current Residence: Kingston, Jamaica

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