KINGSTON (Sporting Alert) — Double Olympic silver medalists Yohan Blake got his 2014 campaign underway on Saturday after racing over 400m at the Camperdown Classic local meeting in Kingston.
Blake posted a time of 47.20 seconds to finish third in his heat, with the race going to his fellow Racers teammate Edino Steele, who ran 45.44 to win the event overall.
“It was really good. I left myself back a little late and tried to run back, but I felt good,” Blake was quoted as saying in the Jamaica Observer.
“Physically, I am 50 per cent and if I am 50 looking that way…imagine when I reach 100?
“I am just working to get back to the top and today showed a great deal of what I am capable of,” Blake added.
Allodin Fothergill finished second to Steele in the heat with a time of 46.15secs, while World 200m silver medallist Warren Weir, who got off to a fast start, faded as the race goes on and finished behind the top men in 47.53.
Usain Bolt, who usually make his seasonal debut at the meeting, decided to skip the meet this season, with his coach Glen Mills confirming that the 100m and 200m World and Olympic gold medallist and World record holder, is set to open his campaign at a later date.
The women’s race saw star sprinter Kerron Stewart running 54.00 to defeat her Racers teammate Schillonie Calvert 54.13.