Blake relieved after safe return in 200 meters

Sun Jun 7, 2015 1:30am EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON, June 6 (Reuters) - Olympic gold medalist Yohan Blake was relieved after making a safe return from injury with a 200 meters win in Kingston on Saturday at a warmup for Jamaica's national trials.

Running in his first competitive race since July 3, Blake posted a modest time of 21.57 seconds, stepping away from the local field in the second half of the race before easing off in the last 10 meters.

Blake, who owns the second fastest 200 (19.26 seconds) after world record holder and compatriot Usain Bolt (19.19), still harbors hope of getting in shape to qualify for the world championships in Beijing in August.

"I have to give God thanks I’m back on the track, I was really nervous, but my agent (Cubie Seegobin) and coach (Glen Mills) told me to just go out there and have fun," Blake, a member of Jamaica's victorious 4x100m relay team at the London Olympics, told Reuters.

"And I don't feel bad as my foot is not bothering me anymore, so it's a really good blow-out for me in my first race back."

At his last meeting on July 3, the 2011 world champion pulled up injured, clutching his hamstring in the 100m at the Glasgow Grand Prix and underwent surgery days later in Germany.

"I felt a bit ceased-up but that's expected for my first run. I'm going to run some more races now that my foot is alright," Blake added, noting he was not worried about time.

“I just wanted to get that first run in the books and although the (head) wind was a bit heavy it was alright and I’ll work from there."   Continued...