Jamaican Track Star Yohan Blake Reflects on The Person He was 10 Years Ago

Published 09/30/2021, 3:32 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


31-year-old Jamaican, Yohan Blake is a track and field star. Even as an esteemed sprinter, Yohan shared a profound love for cricket. In fact, he was a fast bowler back in the day. Safe to say, speed has been his natural habitat. When he gained recognition for his running abilities, he decided to participate in 100m and 200m races. Courtesy of that career-changing decision, he’s one of the greatest runners today.

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Just like his Jamaican counterpart, Usain Bolt, Yohan too has created a legacy of his own in athletics. In the year 2011, he became the youngest sprinter to have won the World Championship. Following in the footsteps of Bolt, he bagged two silver medals in the Olympics held in London in 2012 in 100m as well as in 200m.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Yohan Blake of Jamaica in the heats of the men’s 100m during the Athletics event on Day 8 of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on July 31, 2021, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

A moment of reflection for Yohan Blake

In a moment of self-retrospection, Yohan recalls his initial days of struggles. Comparing himself to where he started to where he is today, the Jamaican took to Twitter to express emotions.

He said, “I am more self-driven, I am who I think I am, I’ve learnt to appreciate the little things in life, I love to love, I always believe in myself and never give up, I block out the noise, I fear God and I have more self-love. Wbu?” 

Indeed, Balke is riding high on confidence and self-belief, and rightly so. Determined to improve himself, he trains harder, faster, and focuses on intellectual and mental growth more so now than ever.

Jamaican star sprinter-Blake

Specializing in the 100m and 200m sprinting events, he has successfully bagged several titles and medals to his name. However, he is yet to fulfill his dream of winning an Olympic gold.

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Representing Jamaica at the recent Summer Games in Tokyo, he secured the 6th position in men’s 100m semi-finals and 5th position in the 4x100m relay.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 08: Yohan Blake of Jamaica looks on after he competes in the Men’s 100 metres semi finals on day four of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on April 8, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Despite the fact that he is the second fastest man along with Tyson Gay, to have run with a personal best timing of 9.69 seconds (which he clocked in 2012), he still has a long way to go until he tastes the highest glory.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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