KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Reigning World champion Yohan Blake will not defend his 100m title at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, next month, his agent Cubie Seegobin confirmed on Tuesday.
Blake, the 2011 world champion over 100m, had been doubtful for the championships with a hamstring injury he picked up in April at the UTech Classic.
Many of his fans had been crossing their fingers that the double Olympic silver medallist would have returned to full fitness to test Usain Bolt in the 100m after making a few trips to the highly-rated physician Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt in Germany, but their hopes were dashed.
“This decision was made after continual assessment and re-evaluations since withdrawal from the Jamaican Senior Championships in June,” Seegobin was quoted as telling RJR Sports.
He added that the sprinter, who is the joint second fastest man over 100m on the all-time list, has been making progress, but not enough to be ready for the worlds.
“Yohan has made vast improvements,” he explained, “the injury in April of this year has prevented him attaining the necessary levels we are accustomed to seeing in his competition performances.”
Blake, who finished behind Bolt in both the 100m and 200m dashes at the London Olympic Games last year, was a member of the last two Jamaican world record breaking 4x100m relay teams.
The 14th IAAF World Championships in Moscow is from August 10-18.