Blake plays down Bolt battle

Yohan Blake claims he is ‘concentrating on running my race’ and not worrying about fellow Jamaican, Usain Bolt, ahead of Thursday evening’s 200m final (Blake 4/1, Bolt 1/6 Gold Medal Winner).

The duo are good friends and training partners but it has not stopped speculation about a fierce rivalry between them when it comes to competing for top honours.

And, after Bolt drew first blood by claiming gold with a storming run in Sunday’s 100m final, the 200m is being billed as Blake’s opportunity to try and gain revenge and finish on top (9/4 New World Record).

Blake defeated Bolt over both distances at the Jamaican trials in June and he will look to show his credentials in the first of Wednesday’s 200m semi-finals, as his fellow compatriot will run in the second heat.

Looking ahead to the main event on Thursday, Blake said: “I’m not really focusing on beating him. I’m concentrating on running my race.

“My plan is just to execute. I’m going great and I’ve already got a silver medal.

“I did what my coach said and qualified. I’m feeling good, that’s why they call me the beast.

“The track is fast and I appreciate anything is possible. The 100m taught me a lot and it’s given me confidence.”

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