Blake could double up in Glasgow

Jamaica's Yohan Blake won the 150m at the BT Great CityGames

Jamaica's Yohan Blake won the 150m at the BT Great CityGames

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Yohan Blake has revealed he could attempt a 100 and 200 metres double at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Jamaican sprinter failed in his bid to break training partner Usain Bolt's 150m world best at the BT Great CityGames in Manchester on Saturday, but Deansgate's shops and bars were still a blur as he raced down the temporary track to win in 14.71 seconds.

His time was the third fastest ever over the distance on a straight, some way behind Bolt's 14.35secs from 2009 and also adrift of American Walter Dix's 14.65s.

The 24-year-old blamed the lack of a proper warm-up area for not going quicker before handing Commonwealth Games organisers a huge boost by saying he would "probably" double up in Glasgow.

"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."

He added on his run: "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, the Olympic silver medallist over 100m and 200m and the 2011 world 100m champion, is eager to make up for lost time after missing last season with a hamstring tear.

He is already due to compete at the Sainsbury's Glasgow Grand Prix on July 11-12 and the London Anniversary Games street athletics event the following weekend in the run-up to the Commonwealths.

One man who will definitely be gunning for Commonwealth gold is Greg Rutherford and the Milton Keynes athlete admitted nerves almost got the better of him on his first showdown with Chris Tomlinson since the row over the Olympic champion's new British long jump record erupted.

Rutherford leapt out 8.02m with his final attempt to take victory in Albert Square as he followed last month's 8.51m jump in San Diego with another solid performance.

Tomlinson, who had questioned the legitimacy of Rutherford's record jump by saying it was a "large foul", was third with 7.77m.

Rutherford said: "I got more nervous today than I think I've been for competitions for a long time. The first couple of rounds showed that.

"I was fighting something that I hadn't felt for a really long time. I don't know if that's because I wanted to prove things wrong, but I was very nervous. I managed to control it.

"The jumps were relatively safe and I was worried going into the last one it wasn't going to be eight metres, but I did it."

The compatriots and rivals spoke on Friday.

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

Tomlinson added: "We get on well. We used to train together and we shared rooms. It's just the way it is. "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."

The best British performance of the day came from Tiffany Porter, who claimed the scalp of Olympic silver and bronze medallists Dawn Harper-Nelson and Kellie Wells to win the 110m hurdles in 12.65.

There was also a 200m hurdles world best from Meghan Beesley, who won in 25.05.

The 24-year-old 400m hurdles specialist has been overshadowed by team-mates Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child so far in her career, but sliced a huge 0.69 off Shakes-Drayton's world mark from last year, suggesting she could be in for an exciting year.

Other British winners included Andy Turner in the 200m hurdles, Lawrence Clarke in the 110m hurdles and Shana Cox in the 200m.

World indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty had to settle for third place over 100m in 10.19, but admitted jet lag from his journey over from Florida had left him far from ideally prepared.

"I had to drink four double-shot espressos to wake me up because I only had three hours sleep last night," he said.

"But I felt it was my duty to come here today and run in front of the crowd as world champion."

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