Coach Mills hopes Yohan Blake gets faster over 100m

Yohan Blake’s coach Glen Mills says the world 100 metres champion is training to run the sprint double at the London Olympic Games in the summer.

Blake had been seen as a 100m specialist until his break through season year when he ran the second fastest 200m time ever behind Usain Bolt’s world record.

His 19.26 seconds achieved in Bruxelles, last September is second on the all-time list to Bolt’s 19.19secs performance and Mills believes he can double in London.

“I think the 200 metres will become a dominant part of his sprinting,” Mills said on the IAAF website. “We are taking some time for him to develop himself in the event.

“I think he’s now experienced and developed to the point where he’s now ready to compete at the Olympic level. So he’s training and preparing for both events.”

Blake will certainly be seen as one of the favourites to book a spot on the Jamaican Olympic team in both the 100/200 from the national championships in June, but Mills is hoping to see him go quicker, especially in the 100, where he holds a personal best at 9.82secs.

“I would love to see him go much faster than he did last year,” Mills said. “His PR is 9.82. He’s training with the double in mind.

“We’ll see what happens after the trials and then we’ll make a decision.”

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