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Jamaican paper tells youngsters to 'stop being silly'

By Michelle Morris, World-Track
Photo By Anthony Foster

KINGSTON — The Jamaica Observer has warned country representative Yohan Blake and fellow Antiguan training partner Daniel Bailey that their "gesticulations and manoeuvers" in Paris last Friday were not cute.

YohanBlakeThe paper was bringing to mind some pre-race comic-strip gestures from the pair prior to them racing the new personal bests over the 100metres during the AF Golden League meeting.

It also touched on the Usain Bolt’s contributions in this department, but as expected, the visit was with limits, as who dares to tell a man, who has brought life to the sport with his showboating to take it easy.

Further more, he has all rights to do what he does. He is the fastest man alive – the Olympic and world record holder over both the 100m and 200m, and has achieved something at the Beijing Olympics that has never been accomplished before at the same Games.

But for the youngsters, the Observer reminded "young Blake and Bailey had best learn they have nothing to brag about yet and some humility would serve them well," ouch.

Blake and Bailey did prove themselves though, as on a cold and storming night at the Meeting Areva, the pair flashed to new career bests to finished behind the towering Bolt, who marveled with a spanking 9.79seconds, coming from behind.

Bailey finished second in an Antiguan national record of 9.91seconds, while Blake lowered his best to 9.93seconds.

Blake’s next race will be over 100-metres against a solid field, which will feature Bolt and former world record holder Asafa Powell at the two-day London Grand Prix this Friday and the paper made a few suggestions.

“We hope that by the time the next track meet comes around some one would have whispered in Blake’s ear that he needs to spend more time learning how to give better post-race interviews than to be trying out idiotic moves at the start line.”…Get the full 411

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