Jamaican star Yohan Blake has declared himself fully fit as the athlete shifts his focus towards the Olympic Games scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro in August. Blake, who shot to prominence when he won the 100m gold at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, has been plagued by injuries in recent times.
The 26-year-old, who performed impressively at the 2012 London Olympic Games, came in second to fellow Olympic medallist Warren Wair in what was an incident-free outing at the UWI International last weekend. This was as important as winning medals since Blake was relieved that he came through unscathed in the event without picking up any injuries.
"It felt pretty good. I have to give God thanks I am healthy again. I felt a little bit rusty because I haven't run for a while, but I felt really good," Blake said, as quoted by the hindu.com.
"Me and coach (Glen) Mills have been doing some really good work on the track trying to get back the form in place which is going really well. So I am just working on that. I have to give God thanks because the body is up there again.
"What I really want to do is replicate what I did or do better at Rio this year. So I am just focusing on that really. I will take it race by race. I have some races coming up. I am not sure yet where it's going to be, but I am working with my coach and my manager Cubie Seegobin."
Blake will be hoping to repeat his performance of the 2012 London Olympics, where he won the silver medals in the 100m and 200m just behind fellow Jamaican Usain Bolt, in Rio. However, that was when his injury troubles started. He missed the Moscow World Championships in 2013, while an attempted comeback the following year at the Glasgow Grand Prix saw him pull up halfway during the 100m race. Blake was eventually carried off from the track in a wheelchair.