Jamaican star Yohan Blake will not compete in the 200m at the Athletics World Championships this summer as he will not recover from injury in time to compete in the trials.
Blake, widely thought to be the only challenger to Usain Bolt in sprinting, has withdrawn from Jamaica’s national championships after the hamstring problem he sustained earlier in the season failed to recover.
"Yohan's coach is not satisfied with the progress of his injury and hence his level of fitness will not allow him to compete at (the nationals) this time," Cubie Seegobin - Yohan Blake’s manager - told Reuters.
As the defending champion, Blake will be given his country’s wildcard in the 100m event so will not have to compete in the trials however, his withdrawal means he will not be available for selection in the 200m event.
"We will continue to assess the situation and re-evaluate as we approach the World Championships," continued Seegobin, when asked about the world championships in August.
Blake’s withdrawal is a massive blow to Jamaica as the “beast” would provide great competition for the current 200m world champion Usain Bolt. Blake currently hold a personal best of 19.26 for the distance – only 0.07 off the world record held by compatriot Bolt.
However, Blake’s season’s best is a weak 20.72 seconds, which he ran in a low-level competition in Jamaica and has not looked ready for top class racing in the upcoming weeks.
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