KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert) — Yohan Blake was excited about winning his place on the Jamaica team to the London Olympic Games, but expressed even greater delight at running a new personal best on his way to beating Usain Bolt at the Jamaica trials.
Watch Yohan Blake beat Usain Bolt with 9.75
Blake, the world champion from Daegu, South Korea, last summer raced from lane seven, but used it as a motivation to win the 100m national title and he said he was “over the moon” and very excited after setting a new stadium record of 9.75 seconds on his way to picking up the victory.
“I am over the moon,” said Blake, who improved Bolt’s previous stadium record of 9.76, setting four years ago.
“Usain Bolt has been motivating me and telling me I can do it, and to do it tonight is a dream.”
He added: “I am speechless”
Defending Olympic champion Bolt finished second to Blake in 9.86 seconds, after a very poor start once again, while Asafa Powell, clearly not running fully fit, took third in 9.88.
Michael Frater was fourth in 9.94.
The Jamaica Olympic trials continues on Saturday with several events including the men’s and women’s 200m preliminaries and men’s and women’s 400m semi-finals.