It seems to be one of the most-asked sports questions of the summer: Can Yohan Blake eventually overtake Usain Bolt as the reigning sprint king of the world? If so, how soon can Blake accomplish the feat?
If you ask the 22-year-old Blake, he says he'll be the most dominant sprinter in the world sooner rather than later.
"One day I will and it will be soon because I'm hungry. I want it. So one day. I won't put any time frame, it (will) just gradually happen," Blake said during a press conference on September 14.
In fact, Blake, who defeated Bolt in the 100- and 200-meters at the Jamaican Olympic trials, went on to say that he believes he could have defeated Bolt at the Olympic Games if he had executed his race perfectly.
"I didn't execute my race well. When I was supposed to step away from the field, the last 40 meters, it didn't happen. It was just not my time. I have to just wait," Blake said during the press conference.
Blake added: "I think I panicked a bit, but I think I held my composure. Reaching the last 40 meters I think I started to tighten up a bit and I didn't pull through. I was fast enough to hold off the Americans, but God says it's not my time, so it's not my time. I will have to wait until the next two world championships and Olympics to start my legacy and I think it's going to come."
Blake finished second to Bolt in both the 100- and 200-meter sprint races at the 2012 Olympic Games. The two men are training partners, and each works out together in Jamaica under coach Glen Mills.
Together with Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, Bolt and Blake also took home gold in the 4x100-meter relay. The finish gave Bolt his sixth Olympic gold medal in two Olympic Games, while Blake completed his first Olympic Games with two silvers and a gold.
Blake was bested by Bolt at the London Olympic Games, but Blake is no stranger to the top step on the podium. At the 2011 World Championships, Blake earned gold in the 100-meter after Bolt was disqualified for a false start.
Sandra Johnson is a longtime Olympic fan. While working for the United States Olympic Committee and living in the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Johnson had the opportunity to immerse herself in the Olympic Movement. Follow her on Twitter: @SandraJohnson46
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