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Athletics: Blake ponders CGames sprint double

Jamaica's 2011 100 metres world champion Yohan Blake has said he could run in both the 100 metres and 200 metres at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

LONDON: Jamaica's 2011 100 metres world champion Yohan Blake has said he could run in both the 100 metres and 200 metres at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Blake failed to beat compatriot and training partner Usain Bolt's world best for the rarely-raced 150 metres on a temporary track laid over Manchester's Deansgate on Saturday but still won in 14.71 seconds.

The 24-year-old blamed the lack of a proper warm-up area for failing to get closer to Bolt's mark of 14.35secs or American Walter Dix's 14.65secs, although Blake's time was still the third quickest recorded over the distance.

Afterwards Blake, the double Olympic silver medallist, said he would probably compete in both the 100m and 200m in Glasgow where the track programme in the multi-sport Commonwealth Games, an event mainly for countries once ruled by the British Empire, starts on July 27.

"I haven't chosen (my events) yet," Blake said. "I'm just waiting to talk to my manager and my coach when I get back, but I will probably double up.

"It's always nice to have good credentials. I've got world and Olympic medals and it would be good to have some Commonwealth medals as well."

Reflecting on his Manchester run, he added: "I feel I could have got that record today, but I just had to make sure I came away injury-free.

"There just wasn't anywhere to warm up."

Blake was sidelined last season with a torn hamstring.

Prior to the Commonwealth Games, he is due to run at the Glasgow Grand Prix on July 11-12 ans the London Anniversary Games street event the following weekend.

In other events in Manchester, 2012 Olympic champion Greg Rutherford put the row over his recent British record behind hom to win the long jump with a leap of 8.02 metres.

Fellow British jumper Chris Tomlinson, who claimed Rutherford's record-breaking jump of 8.51m in San Diego last month was a "large foul", was third with 7.77m.

Rutherford insisted he'd made peace with Tomlinson when they spoke on Friday.

"We talked and it was fine as always," he said.

Tomlinson added: "We get on well. We used to train together and we shared rooms.

"I don't regret it. I don't like confrontation, but I'm the sort of guy, unfortunately, if I'm walking down the street and someone's being kicked in, I'm the one who goes and says something and then gets kicked in the head."

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