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Yohan Blake out of world championships

Jul 16, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

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Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake will not defend his 100-meter title at next month’s world championships, his manager told Reuters.

Blake, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 and 200, has been dealing with a hamstring injury since the spring and pulled out of the Jamaican trials last month.

“This decision was made after continual assessment and re-evaluations since his withdrawal from the Jamaican Senior Championships,” Cubie Seegobin told Reuters.

“Yohan has made vast improvement, although the injury sustained in April of this year has prevented him from attaining the necessary fitness levels that we have grown accustomed to seeing in his competition performances.”

Blake won the 2011 world title after Usain Bolt false started out of the final. With Blake and Tyson Gay now out, Bolt’s only threat is 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Justin Gatlin, who beat Bolt in Rome earlier this year.

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