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World Champion Blake Hired A World Medalist Starter Coach

In a serious move to fill the Usain Bolt’s shoe, the World Champion, Jamaica Yohan Blake has employed the services of another Jamaica great and World silver medalist, Michael Frater to join his coach crew expecially to help with his starting.

Blake has been conditioned by Gregory Little since January 2019, after he parted ways with coach Patrick Dawson after his disappointing showing at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar, where he failed to win a medal in the 100m and 200m events.

Long-time manager Cubie Seegobin told STAR Sports that the addition of the vastly experienced Frater to the sprinter’s coaching staff is a positive step for the former St Jago High School standout.

“He (Frater) is just another coach that has been working with him (Blake), because there is another coach that is also working with him, who is Gregory Little,” said Seegobin.

“It is my understanding that Michael is working with him on his start, in general, and getting it to where it should be. It is a plus as far as I am concerned and a positive direction for him,” he added.

Blake, who has personal-best times of 9.69 seconds in the 100m and 19.26 in 200m, opened his season with a 20.62 clocking in the 200m at the Velocity Fest Meet at Jamaica College on July 18. He then returned to run 10.07 seconds in the men’s 100m at the same meet last weekend.

Seegobin stated that Blake’s preparations this season has been severely hampered by the delayed start of competition, which was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and therefore he was not at his best in both races.

“I don’t know what is going to happen next year because he just only ran two races this year, the first one was 20.62 seconds and 10.07 seconds, wind-aided. This season was delayed ,and so we just have to see how this season goes first, because it seems like he is a little rusty from these races,” Seegobin said.

“I think he is heading in the right direction because normally at this time of the year, we would have normally run the National Championships, and so it is like the season is starting now because they lost so much in-between,” he said.

Frater is one of Jamaica’s most successful sprinters. He won a silver medal in the men’s 100m at the 2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland, and was also a key member of the gold medal-winning 4x100m relay teams at the 2012 Olympic Games, as well as the 2009 and 2011 World Championships.

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