Yohan Blake won the world 100 meters title in Daegu, South Korea in 2011 after Usain Bolt was disqualified for a false starts. Unfortunately, the Jamaican sprinter won’t have a chance to defend his title in a rematch this year.
Blake’s manager, Cubie Seegobin, told the media on Tuesday that the 23-year-old sprinter would be withdrawing from the upcoming IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. He cited a hamstring injury suffered back in April at the Utech Classic in Kingston, Jamaica as the reason.
This decision was made after continual assessment and re-evaluations since his withdrawal from the Jamaican Senior Championships. Yohan has made vast improvement, although the injury sustained in April of this year has prevented him from attaining the necessary fitness levels that we have grown accustomed to seeing in his competition performances.
Man, will there by anyone at the championships this year? As was reported earlier, David Rudisha of Kenya, the world-record holder in the 800 meters, announced his withdrawal due to a knee injury. Blake’s fellow Jamaican sprinters Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson were forced to withdraw due to positive drug tests, as was discus thrower Allison Randall.
The championships, if there are any able-bodied and/or non-doping athletes left to compete, will take place from August 10th through August 18th.