Beagles star looks for more glory next year

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 September 2017

Nethaneel Mitchell Blake is pipped for firstplace at the Great North City Games 150m race.

Nethaneel Mitchell Blake is pipped for firstplace at the Great North City Games 150m race.


Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Rabah Yousif finish season in Newcastle

Rabah Yousif Rabah Yousif

Newham & Essex Beagles stars Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Rabah Yousif ended their campaigns with an enjoyable day out on the turbo fast streets near the banks of the Tyne in Newcastle at the Great North City Games last Saturday.

Emerging sprint star Mitchell-Blake completed his 39th individual race of his long, but memorable season with a close second place finish in the rarely-performed men’s 150m.

The 23-year-old, who brilliantly anchored GB’s men 4x100m relay squad to World Championship gold last month at his local London Stadium track in Stratford, was beaten by America’s Ameer Webb in 15.24 by just 0.02secs.

Fellow Brit Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and 2003 world 100m gold medalist Kim Collins occupied the minor places.

Despite the defeat, that did not put off Mitchell-Blake from entertaining the Geordies.

“I love the atmosphere with the crowd being so close to you,” he said.

“I was talking to Harry Aikines-Aryeetey on the blocks and said ‘mate this is pretty cool’. You get opportunities like this and I think it brings another side to this sport and I really enjoyed it.”

Mitchell-Blake hopes to make a much bigger impact on the world scene next year as he reveals his plans which includes going for medals at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

“If I get selected for the Commonwealths I definitely take that pretty seriously and Europeans,” he continued.

“Indoors is all based on how training goes in the winter. I am not ruling it out but we’ll see how it goes. It’s going to be a long season for a couple of meets for us Brits so you have to be smart.

“I’m just going to see how it goes in the winter. I’ve had a long season, got to rest up and recover and see how it goes.”

Rabah Yousif, who won world bronze for Team GB in the men’s 4x400m in Stratford, has set his targets for 2018, with a fifth place 1:01.06 finish in the men’s 500m.

“To be honest the season has been done,” said Yousif. “It’s been very hard to actually get myself out of bed and go training and that because mentally I’ve just shut down. But obviously you have to race and come with your A plan.

“I’ve got goals for next year and I’m old enough to go there and get the job done.”


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