Saturday, 24 March 2012
“IT’S MY TIME NOW”: Yohan Blake talks to CNN about rising to prominence and Olympic dreams
Star sprinter Yohan Blake recently sat down with US news network CNN for their inspiring new series ‘Human to Hero’. And the interview naturally veered towards Blake’s ongoing preparations for July’s feverishly awaited London Olympics, his work ethic and rivalry with compatriots Asafa Powell and Usain Bolt.
“I think it’s going to be a breathtaking moment for me. I feel it is a big stage for me, as the Olympics is where the big things happen,” Blake says, looking ahead to the spectacular two-week event. “The big things really happen [there] because an Olympic medal really means a lot. So going out to the Olympics is going to be a really wonderful gift for me.”
As for the fierce sporting rivalry that has come about among the world’s current top male sprinters, Blake believes it is good for athletics. “I’m always excited because the competition is really good, and I want to be the best person on the day, and I think that is what the world wants to see, and it’s going to be really interesting.”
At the same time, though, the 22-year-old 100M World Champion is quick to warn that when it comes to the type of blistering performances he is now capable of producing on the track, the world is in for a surprise. “I’m a hard worker, and I believe things take time to happen, and it’s my time, and it’s coming out,” the former St. Jago star runner observes. “What they got in Daegu is what I’ve been working on for years – and it’s finally coming true.”