Yohan Blake: Working Hard – Building a Legacy


NEW Season – Outline

1. On the Sideline: – A glance at the JAAA elections
2. Play of the Day: – Yohan Blake Feature
3. Podcast Pick: A Book recommendation

Watch Yohan Blake’s Interview below

As we start a new season of The Drive Podcast, we have exciting new segments including “On the Sideline”, “Play of the Day” and “Podcast Pick”. In “On the Sideline”, Dalton will be addressing topical issues in the sporting industry. In this episode, he speaks about the upcoming Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association elections, which will see a new president and slate elected to the executive of the organisation. Dalton shares his view on what the new administration should focus on to enable the business of sport developing and growing locally especially in light of the impact of the pandemic. He also encourages persons to get involved in the industry as a way of being a part of the change they want to see in the industry.

In the “Play of the Day” he speaks with Olympian Yohan Blake. 

Guest: Yohan Blake 

Olympic Athlete 

Yohan Blake is a Jamaican sprinter who won the gold medal at the 100 m at the 2011 World Championships as the youngest 100m world champion ever, and a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 100m and 200 m races for the Jamaican team. Yohan is the second fastest man ever in both 100 and 200m with a personal best of 9.69 seconds in the 100m and a personal best for the 200m of 19.26 seconds. 

In this episode, Yohan discusses Blake: The Past, Present and the Future. He speaks about the new club, TITANS International, that he is currently training with. He shares that Tokyo 2020 will be his final Summer Olympic Games. He noted that he is looking to transition into playing cricket and spoke about his introduction to the sport by his father. He discussed his early rise in track and field while he attended the St Jago High school and running at the Boys and Girls Championships.

Yohan also speaks about:

  1. How he made a decision to become a part of the Racers Track Club and the role Usain Bolt played in him going to the club
  2. His sojourn into acting as he prepares for life post track and field 
  3. How hard he trained to compete with and beat Usain Bolt in the 2012 season
  4. Winning the 2011 World Athletics Championships 100m final and the role that Usain played in helping him to prepare for major championships 
  5. How he handles criticism from the general public and peers 

Yohan speaks about his relationship with Coach Glen Mills and his decision to leave the Racer’s Track Club due to him not believing he was receiving sufficient attention. He discusses how he handled the injuries between 2013 and 2015 and his decision to stick to the sport despite how difficult his recovery was. His relationship with his partner and the role she has played in supporting him and him having a balanced lifestyle

Other topics discussed are:

  1. Members of his support system including family and friends
  2. Training for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020
  3. The importance of having multiple sources of income as he dealt with the impact of the pandemic on potential earning opportunities 
  4. An update on his health and injuries 
  5. Advice for young and upcoming athletes.
  6. The work that is done through the YB Afraid Foundation
  7. His plans for the future including motivational speaker 
  8. His current relationship with Usain Bolt and the respect he has for the sprint legend 

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