|Yohan Blake Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||December 26, 1989|
Yohan Blake is a Jamaican sprinter who is widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes of his generation. He has excelled in different events including the 100 m dash, the 200 m dash, and the 4×100 m relay. In the 100 m dash, he had won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2011 World Championships, the ‘Silver’ medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, and the ‘Bronze’ medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. In the 200 m dash, he had clinched the ‘Silver’ medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. In the 4×100 m relay, he had secured the ‘Gold’ medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, the 2016 Olympic Games, the 2011 World Championships, and the 2014 World Athletic Relays. He had also won the ‘Bronze’ medal in the 4×100 m relay event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
St. James Parish, Cornwall County, Jamaica
Kingston, Surrey County, Jamaica
Yohan had attended the St. Jago High School, one of the oldest, continuously operated schools in the western hemisphere, located in Spanish Town, Middlesex, Jamaica.
- Father – Shirley Blake
- Mother – Veda Blake
- Siblings – Daniela Blake (Younger Sister), Arlene Blake-McPherson (Sister)
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
80 kg or 176.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Yohan has dated –
- Ashley Bent (2012)
- Laura Pearson (2019-Present)
Race / Ethnicity
He is of Afro-Jamaican descent.
- Toned physique
- Close-cropped hair
- Affable smile
- Sports a trimmed goatee
Yohan Blake Facts
- Yohan’s first love in the world of sports was cricket, not track-and-field, and he was a decent fast bowler in his schooldays. He had, at one point, held serious ambitions to represent the West Indies in international cricket. It was his principal at the St. Jago High School, however, who had urged him to try sprinting after noticing the exceptional speed of his run-up as a fast bowler.
- When he won the ‘Gold’ medal at the 100 m dash during the 2011 World Championships, he had become the youngest 100 m world champion ever, at the age of 21 years and 245 days. He had broken the previous record of 22 years and 38 days that had been set by Carl Lewis at the 1983 World Championships.
- He had also broken the 10-second barrier at the event, clocking an impressive time of 9.92 seconds. This was, however, not the first time that he had achieved this feat. At the 2009 Golden Gala, he had become the then youngest sprinter to have broken the 10-second barrier, at the age of 19 years and 196 days. He had clocked a time of 9.96 seconds and had improved it to 9.93 seconds shortly after.
- As of February 2021, he had held the record for the 2nd fastest time ever clocked in a 100 m dash event, at 9.69 seconds (tied with Tyson Gay). He had also held the record for the 2nd fastest time ever clocked in a 200 m dash event, at 19.26 seconds.
- In August 2012, he had been invited to ring the bell at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, for a test match between England and South Africa. He was the first non-professional cricketer to have been invited for this age-old tradition that signifies the start of a day’s play at the hallowed venue.
- Despite his stellar career as a global athletic superstar, his love for cricket has not diminished much and he has represented the Kingston Cricket Club in the athletics off-season, for whom he had once recorded splendid figures of 4/10.
- He has often expressed his desire to even represent teams such as the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL (Indian Premier League) and the Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) in English domestic cricket.
Featured Image by Yohan Blake / Instagram