Athletics

Yohan Blake confirms he will run at Glasgow Grand Prix

Blake confirms he will compete against British duo (©GettyImages)
Blake confirms he will compete against British duo (©GettyImages).

Jamaican athletes have had a difficult period over recent weeks with the likes of Asafa Powell, Sherone Simpson and Allison Randall all receiving suspensions having been found guilty of taking banned stimulants.

However the focus for Yohan Blake is to concentrate on athletics and test himself on the track by competing on July 11 at the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix. 

He said: "I'm really excited to be coming back to the UK this summer. After such a strong 2012, it was disappointing not to be able to continue that form into 2013 due to injury.

"However, I'm looking to use the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix to show the world I’m back and ready to light up the track once again.”

Blake is the second fastest man over 100m to his compatriot Usain Bolt and the 24-year-old will make his return after struggling with a recurring injury.

World champion over 60m Richard Kilty produced a stunning final run to win gold in Sopot and beat many other so-called big name sprinters and to build on his successes he will now have the chance to face Blake for the first time in Glasgow.

The British sprinter said: "It has been an unforgettable start to the season for me. Running personal bests and winning the World Indoor Championships has put me up there in the world of sprinting and I’m determined to stay there.

"Now it’s all about translating my 60m form into the 100m and the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix will give me the platform to test myself against the very best out there."

As well as Richard Kilty looking to impress against the world's elite runners, Adam Gemili will also be determined to stamp his mark at the meeting in Scotland.

The Olympian has burst onto the scene to make himself the second fastest British athlete over 200m clocking a time of 19.98 at the 2013 IAAF World Championships.

Gemili said: "The UK always brings together the best field of athletes and I’m sure the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix will be no different to what we experienced at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games last year."

The event will take place on July 11-12 at Hampden Park and will be a fascinating spectacle for athletics fans across the world.


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