Blake blows the field away with season opener

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Mario Forsythe gave Racers Track Club a strong start before handing off to World 100m champion Yohan Blake, who handed over to Kimmari Roach with a 3m lead over rival club MVP.

Usain Bolt then stretched the lead out to 10m over MVP (lead off by Brit Dwain Chambers and anchored by former world record holder Asafa Powell) with a scorching anchor leg as his Racers Track Club recorded a world leading time of 37.82 seconds in a 4×100 meters relay in the UTech Classic, Jamaica on Saturday 14th April 2012.

“It was my first run and I am happy I got through,” the 100 and 200 meters Olympic champion and world record holder said.

“It was a bit chilly with some rain but this is what we are used to in Europe so it is OK.”

“For me, it’s just about execution,” said Bolt, who expects to defend both sprint titles in London.

“I have been working on my start. Last year that eluded me, but I have to work my way through it this season so I am just looking forward to getting that done.”

Despite his impressive run, Bolt had to share the limelight with training partner Blake who, despite not having the best of starts and running in heavy drizzle, stopped the clock in an impressive 9.90 seconds in his first 100m of the Olympic year.

Blake pulled two young Jamaicans to new personal bests; Jacques Harvey (10.10) and Sheldon Mitchell (10.18). Oshane Bailey, the 2010 Jamaican National champion, was fourth, also in 10.18.

“I didn’t get the best start, but I recovered well,” Blake said. “I could have run faster if I had some competition.”

“I am a bit ahead of schedule, but coach is pulling me back a bit, but everything will work out fine.”

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First published on: 15 April, 2012 12:00 am

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