Athletics

Blake returns with 200m win

2013-06-09 09:16
Yohan Blake (AFP)

Kingston - Reigning 100m world champion Yohan Blake made a cautious but successful return to competition on Saturday, winning a 200m race at a low-key all-comers meet, held at the national stadium.

Blake, who ran out of lane six, was in control of the race, leading off the bend to clock a relatively slow 20.72 seconds in a wind of 1.6m/sec.

He beat hard-charging world junior champion Delano Williams (20.74) by a hair, in Blake's first race since he pulled up in the 100m at the UTech Classic on the same track on April 13th.

Eight weeks ago, Blake walked off the track after grabbing his right thigh and slowing, later tweeting: "am good my twitter family just a cramp".

Two days later, however, his coach Glen Mills told Jamaican media the injury was much worse, and Blake would be out for six weeks.

After completing Saturday's race injury-free, Blake again took to Twitter.

"Thanks be to God I finish the race" he tweeted, adding minutes later: "Wow I also feel rusty in my race."

Blake, the Olympic Games double sprint silver medallist behind training partner Usain Bolt, has a bye to the IAAF World Championships 100m in Moscow in August as the defending champion.

But he is expected to compete in the 200m at the Jamaican National Senior Trials, the world championships qualifier, in two weeks.

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