Sydney – Sprint legend Usain Bolt will attend next month’s
Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast to watch the 100-metres final,
former Jamaican world champion Yohan Blake has revealed.
Bolt, 31, who retired from athletics after August’s World
Championships in London, has been busy preparing for a tilt at football and has
also worked with Australia’s cricketers to boost their running between the
Blake, one of the track stars at the April 4-15 Games,
arrived in Australia on Sunday and told reporters the eight-time Olympic
champion and world record holder in the 100m and 200m was “coming to watch
the 100m final”.
“(He) was at the track in Jamaica before I left. He
said, ‘When I come to Australia, if you don’t win there is going to be problems’,”
Blake told Brisbane’s Courier Mail late Sunday.
“I don’t have a Commonwealth medal. It’s very important
for me to have one in my trophy case. Usain Bolt has left his legacy for us to
carry on and that’s what we want to do,” said Blake of his fellow Jamaican.
Blake, 28, the second-fastest man of all time, missed the
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games due to injury.