February 15, 2016
At Saturday at the Camperdown Classic in Jamaica, Yohan Blake opened his season with a 48.14-second 400. Blake was the last finisher in the race won by Javon Francis in 46.21. Blake has suffered injuries over the past few years and struggled to regain the kind of form that made him the second fastest 100/200 runner of all-time behind Usain Bolt.
Even for a short sprinter who rarely runs the 400, this wasn’t an encouraging result for Blake as he was well off his 46.32 PB and even well off what he’s run in previous 400m season openers. In 2013 he opened his season with 46.77-seconds before later getting injured and missing Worlds and then even in 2014 (a year that only saw him run 10.02 for the 100m) he opened his season with 47.20 at this same meet. However, last year he didn’t even run at this time of the year at all as he was coming back from injury and didn’t race until June, so this is still a positive step from 2015.