Jamaica's World 100m champion Yohan Blake will attempt to break the meeting record held by Nigerian Olusoji Fasuba (9.85 set in 2006) when he opens his 2013 Samsung Diamond League campaign at the Doha Meeting in Qatar on Friday May 10.
Blake, 23 who is tied on the all-time lists with Tyson Gay as the second fastest ever 100m runner (9.69), commented that “this will be my first time in Qatar and I am looking forward to going to Doha, for my first Diamond League appearance on the Asian continent.”
“I have heard about the fast track in Doha and I hope to break the meeting record. I always want to surprise the audience, everywhere I go.”
“I am the second fastest man in the world at the moment. My ambition is to become the best. I have to continue working very hard for that. Anything is possible,” he added.
The 14-fixture Samsung Diamond League, the world’s premier global circuit of invitational athletics meetings, will get underway in Doha, Qatar, as it has done in each of its previous three seasons since its creation in 2010.
Blake, who was the 2012 Olympic silver medallist at both 100m and 200m and a member of Jamaica’s World record-breaking 4x100m Olympic winning quartet in London, is the first headline announcement by the organisers of Doha 2013.
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