The Jamaican duo of Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake stole the show at last night’s Diamond League season finale in Brussels.
21 year-old Blake sprinted to a massive personal best in the 200m, covering half of the track in just 19.26 seconds. The time is the second-fastest 200m metre time to ever have been run, eclipsing American legend Michael Johnson’s once unassailable best of 19.32 seconds.
“Tonight I was aiming to run 19.5. I was expecting something fast but not this fast,” said the young starlet after the race.
The Jamaican continued:
“The last 40 metres was crazy. I’m like a beast. I just take it out on the track.”
“When I saw him (Bolt) run 19.40 at the worlds I knew I could go fast like that.”
“I am the man next to him next year. I’m looking forward to competing with him next year.”
The only man now ahead of Blake in the 200m standings is the imperious Usain Bolt, who ran the fastest 100m in the world this year, powering to a wonderful 9.76 seconds.
Even Bolt, Blake’s training partner, admitted to being surprised by his friend’s fantastic performance: “That’s amazing for me. I’m shocked he did so well,”
“I’ve seem him run a couple of 200m and he’s run them badly. I told him to take it easy round the bend. He ran a wild time.”