The early outdoor season is going extremely well for Canada’s 100m, 200m specialist Jerome Blake. The Olympic 4x100m silver medallist has consistently run well over both 100m and 200m so far this season, beating the likes of 2019 World Champion Noah Lyles in the process.
In early April, Blake opened his season winning the 100m final at the World Athletics Continential Tour stop in Bermuda. There, he clocked a time of 10.38 seconds into a 10/mph headwind (wind -5.6 m/s) to finish ahead of the U.S. duo of Erriyon Knighton and Lyles, who finished second and third in 10.39 seconds. Jamaica’s Yohan Blake was fourth in 10.45 and Canada’s Aaron Brown was fifth that day.
On April 16, Blake ran a 20.04 200m to finish fourth at the Mt. Sac Golden Games, and most recently, a 10.00 100m for second place on Sunday at the Pure Athletics Global Invitational. American Kyre King won in 9.98. Brown was third in 10.09. Blake’s time from Sunday is the fifth-fastest in Canadian history.
Even with only early season marks to go by, Canada’s potential 4x100m team is looking stronger than ever. Olympic gold medallist Andre De Grasse has run some preliminary races on par with seasons past. Same with Brown. And while the world-stage veterans are keeping consistent, Blake and Bolade Ajomale, who finished seventh at the World Indoor Championships this March, are catching up.
It’s an exciting time to be a Canadian short sprinter. The World Championships will run in Eugene, Ore. from July 15 to 24.