Under 36 seconds relay team's aim
Yohan Blake has revealed the Jamaican sprint relay team have already set their sights on smashing the world record they set at London 2012.
Blake was beaten into the silver medal position by compatriot and training partner Usain Bolt in both the 100 metres and 200m at the Olympics, but finally landed gold in the relay.
In the last track event of the Games, Blake, Bolt, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater became the first quartet in history to go under 37 seconds as they set a new and historic benchmark of 36.84s.
But Blake is adamant that Jamaica, who are now firmly established as the world’s dominant sprinting nation, can go much faster at next year’s World Championships.
“I think next year we can do 35 (seconds),” he said.
“As I said recently, I think us guys are from space. We’re like Johnny English or Mr Bean, we drop from the sky.”
Asked what the reason behind his country’s recent dominance on the track is, Blake said he believed it was a combination of nature and nurture.
He added: “I’d say the secret is genetics – and the food that we eat. I (also) think it’s in our background. We weren’t born rich and we have to work for what we want. So I think that drives us with that force of wanting it.”
Blake headed into the Olympics on the back of two significant victories over his good friend Bolt at the Jamaican trials, where he emerged as the winner in both the 100m and 200m.
But Bolt hit back on the biggest stage, winning the 100m in an Olympic record before doubling up in the longer sprint for the second Games in a row.
Blake said: “I know he wanted to be a legend and he is right now. When I beat him at the Jamaican trials I said, ‘OK this gives me a lot of confidence going into London’.
“But I know when it came to London, with his stride style and if he gets a little bit of fitness, he’s going to be great and he’s going to be hard to beat. And that’s what happened.
“I came close but I’m going to get my time.”
Despite Bolt’s incredible dominance at both the Beijing and London editions of the Olympics, Blake insists the six-time gold medallist is not unbeatable.
“You have to stay fit and running fast and always be on top of your game,” the 22-year-old said when asked how Bolt could be beaten.
“You have to get his shoulders tight, you have to get close to him. But he is so focused that even when he’s under pressure he can get away from it.
“But I think you have to put him under pressure and try and get him tight. If you look back at the trials, that’s what I did.”