The US needs to get used to Jamaican sprint dominance, well…that’s basically the message from Jamaican Olympic medalist Yohan Blake to US men whose long reign over global sprinting has been toppled by talented athletes from a Caribbean island a fraction of their country’s size.
According to Blake, Jamaica’s dominance has frustrated the Americans.
“We don’t really have a relationship,” he said. “We say ‘hi’ and ‘bye’, because they hated us, they totally hated us because of our exploits and because we can run and we can have fun and because of our dominance.”
US men nevertheless need to get used to Jamaica’s men dominating the global sprinting scene because it will not change soon, the 22-year-old world 100 metres champion said.
American men, accustomed to ruling the sprints, have been confounded by Jamaican stars at Olympic and world championships since triple world record holder Usain Bolt’s dazzling show at the 2008 Beijing Games and the trend will continue, said Blake.
“I would say until the day that we all leave the earth,” the world’s second fastest man at the 100 and 200 distances told a news conference in Kingston on Friday.
“Because of the calibre of athletes we have right now and given everything the athletes are doing and the JAAA (Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association) and the government.
“Taking everything into consideration and doing what is necessary for the younger generation, coming up with the wonderful talent at the (boys and girls high school) championships and keeping the athletes back in Jamaica, with different training camps and all of that,” the sprint star said.
Jamaica won the men’s and women’s 100 and 200 metres at the Beijing Games, with Usain “Lightning” Bolt speeding to world records in both sprints, and the 4×100 metres relay.
Bolt bagged gold again in the 100 and 200 at the London Olympics with Blake taking silver in both before the two helped Jamaica to another world record in the 4×100.
Teammate Warren Weir added a bronze in the 200 for a Jamaican sweep, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce defended her 100 title as the islanders won a phenomenal eight of the 12 individual sprint medals awarded in London.
Blake, who joined American Tyson Gay as the world’s second-fastest 100 sprinter with his run of 9.69 seconds this year, said he expected to go even faster in 2013.
“It’s going to be really hard for anybody who comes up against me, because I’ll be stronger and I’ll be much fitter and much faster,” he declared.
Agent Cubie Seegobin said Blake would continue to run sparingly on the European circuit, but the Jamaican sprinter seemed open to more races against anyone, including Bolt whom he has only raced at the Jamaican trials and the Olympics this year.
“You don’t want the clash to get spoilt,” Blake said of Bolt, “but for me, I would run with anybody any day. That’s the kind of person I am. I don’t back down from nothing… I always want to give the people what they want.”