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Blake warms up for London Olympics with thumping 9.85sec win in Lucerne

London, July 18(ANI): World 100 meters champion Yohan Blake has sent out a clear warning to fellow sprinter and Olympic champion Usain Bolt ahead of the London Olympics by achieving a 9.85 second win in Lucerne on Tuesday night, which is his third quickest time this summer.

In his final race before he joins up with his Jamaican team-mates at their Birmingham training base, Blake made the most of a helpful tailwind of 1.6m/sec to race to a convincing win over compatriot Nester Carter, with Trinidadian Marc Burns third. Both men were timed at 10.00sec.

It was Blake’s first competitive outing since his double triumph over Bolt in the 100m and 200m in Kingston and this win once again strengthened his claim for a gold at London.

Blake said no matter what the outcome would be at the Olympics, he and Bolt would stay good friends, as he credits the triple Olympic champion for his development at the Kingston-based Racers Track Club.

“Win, lose or draw, we are friends, even though it is business and he wants to win, and I want to win,” The Telegraph quoted Blake, as saying.

Blake’s comprehensive win has made him a clear favourite for bookies ahead of the mega event, and it would take a special effort from Bolt to overcome the weight of expectations over him. (ANI)