Former 100m running world champion Yohan Blake has confirmed his dream of playing professional cricket after the end of his track and field career in the next 6 years.
Yohan Blake, 24, said the Yorkshire Criket Club in England had just given him the opportunity to fulfill his childhood dream of playing professional cricket, by inviting him to join the team.
“Cricket was my first love in sports, before athletics. I really want to be able to play for the Yorkshire cricket club for a long time”, Yohan Blake shared his childhood dream on BBC.
The “former king” of the 100m world track also affirmed that he wanted to follow the example of the legendary captain and current coach of Yorkshire Yorkshire Cricket Club in Northern England, Richie Richardson. Not only did he shine on the speed track, Yohan Blake also regularly featured in the Kingston team, the club playing in the Jamaican national championship cricket tournament.
In the process of getting used to the professional cricket environment, the 24-year-old athlete also said that he had to train hard to overcome hamstring injuries that made Blake unable to successfully defend the road world champion running 100m in Russia last year.
Yohan Blake is aiming for the immediate goal of setting a new world record on the familiar 100m track, as well as overthrowing the compatriot who reigns at the peak of the world track and field Usain Bolt.
“This year is really a good time to return to the top of the 100m track. If I could break a world record, I would open my own era. It is Usain Bolt’s time now and he is enjoying that glory. I want to surprise the world, my potential speed is much better than what I have shown on the run, ”Yohan Blake said confidently.
Five years ago, Usain Bolt set a world record in the 100m track with a 9 ”58 record at the world championship in Berlin, Germany. However, Blake did not fear the speed of his teammate nicknamed “Black Lightning” in Jamaica.
“I don’t think Usain Bolt’s record is inviolable. Science has proven that humans can conquer the 100m track at a speed of 9.7 seconds. However, with determination and daily hard work, I have significantly improved my speed and I think the ability to set new world records is workable”, Blake said of his goals in next time.
In recent weeks, the world sports village has been “shaking” by the news of some of Jamaica’s top athletes, including the world record on the 100m run Asafa Powell, or American star Tyson Gay was prohibitted because of using banned substances.
Yohan Blake, five years ago, was also banned for three months because of a positive for the substance called methylxanthine, which is on the list banned by the World Anti-Doping Association.
“I really don’t want to remember those hard times. Sure I can not forget that black stain, but I have proven my ability and speed on the run and everyone knows my true ability”, Blake shared.
Yohan Blake is considering attending the Commonwealth Games for the first time in Glasgow, Scotland this summer.