Blake retirement will mark an end of Jamaican sprint era
Yohan Blake holds the world record for the 4x100m relay race set at the 2012 Olympics where he ran one of the fastest third leg in history.
Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake says the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris will be his last.
In January, the second fastest man in history declared that 2014 could be his last dance.
Blake is one of the most successful runners of all time having won four Olympic medals in his career thus far. He won two Olympic silver medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and in both times he finished second behind Usain Bolt.
Blake’s fastest 100m time is 9.69 seconds
In addition, the 32-year-old holds the world record for the 4x100m relay race which was set at the London 2012 Olympics where Jamiaca won gold. In that relay, he ran one of the fastest third leg in history to earn his first and only gold medal at the games.
Blake also made history in 2011 when he became the youngest sprinter to win the 100m at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. He also managed to outrun Bolt twice in 2011 to win the Jamaica to become the world 100 metres champion.
Blake, who is nearing the end of his career, said he was worried that Jamaica might not produce good sprinters in the future.
“Not the female, but male sprinting is dying in Jamaica,” Blake said was quoted by Hindustan Times
“It’s the end of an era in Jamaica,” Blake said. “The transition from high schools to professional is not easy (for youngsters in Jamaica). When young athletes suddenly get a lot of money, they start losing their way, start partying a lot. I see that happening a lot in Jamaica. It takes them away from the sport.”
Jamaica produced guys like Bolt, Blake, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater in the past.
“Back in the day when we were running, there wasn’t too much technology, no iPads. Our focus was on sprinting. Now, everybody is just sitting on their phones. That’s an issue in Jamaica. We’re losing those kids in that transition. It’s something that really needs addressing.”