Jamaican Sprinter Yohan Blake Undergoes Surgery in Jamaica After Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 08/19/2021, 9:03 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Round 1 – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – July 31, 2021. Yohan Blake of Jamaica after competing in Heat 7 REUTERS/Hannah Mckay


After the fastest man on Earth, Usain Bolt retired from the sport, Yohan Blake is fastest sprinter still competing. Despite that lofty tag, Blake couldn’t perform well at Tokyo Olympics 2020. The Jamaican finished sixth in the heats of the 100-meter with a time of 10.14. The sprinter is now hospitalized because of an appendix problem and underwent surgery.

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The surgery was completed in Kingston, Jamaica.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 100m – Semifinal – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2021. Fred Kerley of the United States, Andre De Grasse of Canada, Yohan Blake of Jamaica, Tlotliso Leotlela of South Africa and Usheoritse Itsekiri of Nigeria in action during Semifinal 1 REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Yohan Blake undergoes surgery

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Former 100-meter silver-medalist at London 2012, Blake, complained of a stomach problem and had to be admitted to a hospital. There were reports of fluid building up in his appendix, which needed emergency surgery.

The doctors completed the surgery and Blake will be monitored for the next 48-hours.

Blake failed to shine at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Blake is one of the best sprinters on the planet. He recorded a personal best of 9.69 in London 2012 as he shares the podium with Tyson Gay. Although the sprinter is ridiculously fast, the dominance by Usain Bolt meant Blake couldn’t win an individual event. But, the sprinter landed two gold medals in the 4 × 100 meters relay in London 2012 and Rio 2016. In Tokyo, Blake was one of the favorites in the 100m event but a disappointing performance saw him finish 6th.

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Catching Bolt is never easy. He set a time of 9.58 seconds and scientists predict that the record will stand for ages to come. Significantly, Andre De Grasse of Canada won the 200-meter individual gold in Japan. The Canadian sprinter finally broke his hoodoo to take home the gold. Why? Because Usain Bolt retired. Such was the dominance from the Jamaican sprinter that even Yohan Blake could not win an gold.

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With Blake recovering from the surgery, time will tell whether his career can take a lift-off. The sprinter is 31 years old and has already hit his prime. Even though injuries are hampering his chances, you never say never in the world of athletics. The Jamaican hopes to make a comeback and relive his dream of winning a gold medal in the 100 and 200-meter race.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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