Yohan Blake, 32 years old and competing in the men’s 100-meter dash, didn’t face the camera for an interview after a disappointing performance at a big championship. On day second of the 2022 World Athletics Championships, which took place at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday, Blake was eliminated in his semi-final heat in the men’s 100-meter dash.
Blake expressed to the media in the mixed zone that he was “not in the mood.” When questioned further, the athlete who had won the world championship in 2011 and the silver medal at the Olympics in 2012 responded that he would make himself available after changing his clothing before entering the post-event control room.
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Before he left the post-event control room, it was observed that he was talking to himself and nodding his head while glancing at a monitor.
Blake completed his semi-final race in 4th position with 10.12 seconds. This comes just 23 days after he decided to turn the clock back at the Jamaica trials to win the 100m in 9.85 seconds, his most significant moment since 2012, when he defeated Usain Bolt at the Olympic Trials, took second to Bolt at the Olympics and became the second-fastest man in history at age 22.
His 10.12 seconds was the ninth fastest out of a total of 23, which indicates that he narrowly missed out on the eighth and last slot for the medal round.
It was the second consecutive time that Blake failed in clicking while competing in a global championship. After clocking in at 10.14 seconds and finishing sixth in a semi-final heat in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which were held in 2021, Blake once again could qualify for the final.
Ackeem Blake, Yohan Blake’s potential countryman, who is now 20 years old and finished fourth in the second semi-final heat behind the more experienced American sprinter Fred Kerley, is also eliminated from the competition.
On Friday, Kerley won her first-round heat with a phenomenal time of 9.79 seconds and breezed through the semi-final quickly, finishing in 10.02 seconds. Ackeem Blake finished in 10.19 seconds on the clock.
Only Oblique Seville will be representing Jamaica in the championship match, which will occur later in the evening. The fastest time coming into Seville’s final race, which starts at 9:50 pm Jamaica time, was 9.90, which he ran to win his semi-final race.
Kerley was the first of four American sprinters to qualify for the final. Defending champion Christian Coleman, together with runners-up Marvin Bracy (9.93) and Trayvon Bromell (9.97) (10.05).
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