The normally humble and subdued Jamaican track team apparently got a little full of themselves after taking the top two spots in the men’s 100m, and then sweeping the 200m just for fun.
Yohan Blake, who finished second in both races to compatriot Usain Bolt, said that he sees Jamaica’s dominance in the sport continuing, not kidding, “Until the day we all leave the earth,” while speaking at a Kingston news conference.
Unfortunately for the United States, Blake probably isn’t too far off, a fact that he says frustrates the American team, who are less than chummy with their friends from the small Caribbean island nation.
“We don’t really have a relationship,” Blake told reporters. “We say ‘hi’ and ‘bye’, because they hated us, they totally hated us because of our exploits and because we can run and we can have fun and because of our dominance.”
Blake set a personal best during the 100m in London, winning silver and finishing in 9.75 seconds, and then shaved another 0.6 seconds off that time a few weeks later at a Diamond League meet in Switzerland. He believes he’ll be the man to beat come Rio.
“It’s going to be really hard for anybody who comes up against me,” he said. “Because I’ll be stronger and I’ll be much fitter and much faster.”
Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen is pregnant and will not compete this year.
“Just kind of take this year a little bit easier,” Jorgensen said in a video posted on Facebook on Thursday.
The baby is due Aug. 3, according to Jorgensen’s social media.
Jorgensen, 30, became the first U.S. Olympic triathlon champion in Rio after going in as the heavy favorite. She has said for months that she planned to take time off to have a baby before returning to defend her Olympic title at Tokyo 2020.
Swiss Nicola Spirig, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2016 silver medalist, is reportedly expecting a child in May.
In Jorgensen and Spirig’s absences, the top triathletes going into the season are defending world champion Flora Duffy of Bermuda, U.S. Olympians Katie Zaferes and Sarah True and Britons Vicky Holland and Helen Jenkins.
Jorgensen’s last competition was the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, when she finished 14th in her first running race longer than 10 miles.
The World Triathlon Series kicks off in Abu Dhabi the first weekend of March.
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The PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the first Winter Games in South Korea, are a little more than one year away.
A number of U.S. stars are establishing themselves in this winter sports season as medal contenders.
NBC Sports takes a look at some of those names to watch, as the U.S. looks to return to the top of the medal standings.
Russia earned the most medals at home in Sochi in 2014 with 33 medals, with the U.S. coming in second with 28. Those standings could change if Russian results are stripped due to its ongoing doping scandal.
The U.S. has never topped the total medal standings at a Winter Olympics outside of North America. It led the way at Lake Placid 1932 and Vancouver 2010.
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