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Blake warms up for Olympics with easy victory


LUCERNE — Yohan Blake said he is “on the right path for the Olympics” after winning the 100m in 9,85secs at a low-key meeting in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The reigning world champion (22) is considered the main threat to Usain Bolt’s Olympic sprint crowns.

He has already beaten Bolt over 100m and 200m at the Jamaican trials

And after his win in Lucerne, he said: “This is where I am supposed to be. Not many guys run 9,85secs. I want to remain unbeaten and that’s what I am doing.”

Blake shocked Bolt in the 100m final at the Olympic trials last month when winning in 9,75secs, the fastest time in the world this year and a new personal best.

Bolt, who won both the 100m and 200m at the Beijing Games in 2008 and is the world record holder in both events, finished second in 9,86secs, with former world record holder Asafa Powell third in 9,88secs.

Blake also beat Bolt in the 200m final clocking 19,80secs.

“Definitely I am on the right path for the Olympics,” said Blake after Tuesday’s victory. “I didn’t come here to run a quick time, but it’s still a fast time.”
Blake and Bolt, who are training partners, will be the favourites for 100m and 200m gold in London when the Games start later this month. They are the only sprinters to run faster than 9,80secs this season.

American Justin Gatlin, who won gold at the Athens Games in 2004, has clocked 9,80secs this year, while Asafa Powell, another Jamaican, has run 9,85secs, with Trinidad and Tobago’s Keston Bledman posting 9,86secs.

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