News - 04.03.2013

Doha: Yohan Blake to run at the first SDL meeting of the 2013 season

Great things from Qatar: Yohan Blake the first big name

For the first time in its fourth year under the Samsung Diamond League label, the Doha 2013 Athletics meeting will feature the reigning 100m World Champion and 4x100m Olympic Champion in the entry list of this year´s edition.

Yohan Blake, the man who won the 100m World title in Daegu (18 months ago) and became the youngest World Champion in the history of 100m, has agreed to open his 2013 Samsung Diamond League campaign at the first meeting of the season, in Doha on May 10.

IAAF Vice President and Qatar Association of Athletics Federation Chairman, Dahlan Jumaan Al Hamad expressed his excitement over Blake’s upcoming appearance:

“We are really looking forward to welcoming Yohan in Doha and to see the reigning 100m World Champion competing at the Hamad Bin Suhaim Stadium."

“The fourth Samsung Diamond League season will commence once again in Doha and we are aiming to welcome a world class field. The conditions here are excellent and we are aware that athletes love to compete in Qatar” stated Mr Al Hamad who also serves as the Chairman of the Doha 2013 Organising Committee.

23-year-old Blake, who earned a 4x100m relay gold medal in a world record time  at the London Olympic Games along with silvers in 100m and 200m, will become the ninth Jamaican to enter the 100m dash in Doha and aims to become not only the third sprinter from his country to emerge victorious on Qatar’s soil, after Raymond Stewart’s and Asafa Powell’s wins in 1997 and 2010 respectively, but also to break the meeting record, 9.85, which stands since 2006.

Blake: “I hope to break the meeting record in Doha”

“This will be my first time in Qatar and I am looking forward to going to Doha, for my first Diamond League appearance on the Asian continent."

“I have heard about the fast track in Doha and I hope to break the meeting record. I always want to surprise the audience, everywhere I go” says Yohan Blake.

In the last couple of seasons Yohan Blake has ran faster than Fasuba’s current meeting record - seven times. Blake’s personal best is 9.69, a time that ranks him tied with Tyson Gay for second place in the 100m all-time lists.

He is equally fast in the 200m with a personal best of 19.26, the second fastest time in history, while in early February he even tried the 400m in a meeting in Kingston where he finished in 46.77.

“I am the second fastest man in the world at the moment. My ambition is to become the best. I have to continue working very hard for that. Anything is possible”, says the Jamaican sprinter who is also known as “The Beast”.

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Doha 2013 / Laurel International
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