Latest Athletics News (Week 2 April 2018)

Blake shows high hopes for Commonwealth Games

Sprinter Yohan Blake claims that the Commonwealth Games 2018 would be the first stepping stone for him to come out of Usain Bolt’s shadow. The former world champion has announced his intention of restoring Jamaica’s top position in 100 and 200 metres sprint after the retirement of world record-holder and eight-time Olympic gold medallist, Usain Bolt. 28-year-old Blake has faced a number of injuries since his sole victory of the 100m world title at Daegu in 2011, the event where Bolt false-started. However, Blake secured fourth position at the London World Championships last year, running his fastest (9.90 seconds) in five years. Having a personal best of 9.69 seconds, Blake informed that he is doing well in training and is regaining his confidence. Speculations say that Blake’s biggest threats at the Games would be South Africans HenrichoBruinjies and Akani Simbani, who has been a 100m finalist at the Rio Olympics, however Blake should able to qualify to the finals.

Injury makes Dai Greene withdraw from Commonwealth Games

Welsh hurdler Dai Greene was compelled to withdraw from the Gold Coast Commonwealth games because of his hamstring injury. According to reports, Greene suffered a grade one muscle tear during his training in Australia and consequently would not be able to appear for the 400m hurdles competition that would commence from Tuesday at the Carrara Stadium. The 2010 Commonwealth gold medallist and 2011 world champion has sustained many injuries and undergone many surgeries since the mentioned victories and he says that he is very upset to be missing out on what could have been his fourth Commonwealth Games after fighting so hard to get through the period when he first sustained this injury. In South Africa this February, the 31-year-old achieved the A qualifying standard of Wales with a 49.49 and later trained to improve to 49.38. Head of performance for the Welsh athletics, Scott Simpson said he was thrilled with Greene’s performance in South Africa and that he was really excited to watch Greene at the Games. Despite his injury, Greene is optimistic about supporting his team-mates at the Commonwealth Games and competing later in the summer and having a good season.

Walsh wins gold for New Zealand at CWG

The Carrara Stadium saw Tom Walsh continue what seems to be his winning spree, by winning the shot put gold for New Zealand. Walsh’s victory at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games comes just about five weeks after his record for world indoor gold for Birmingham. The 26-year-old grabbed the spotlight right at the qualifying stage of the CWG with his record throw of 22.45m. The 2014 Glasgow silver medallist is happy to be victorious and claims he still has a lot to improve. Nigeria’s ChukwuebukaEnekwechi secured silver whereas Tim Nedow won the bronze for Canada.