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Nethaneel Joseph Mitchell-Blake (born 2 April 1994) is a British sprinter who specialises in the 200 metres. He was the 2013 European Junior Champion and his personal best of 19.95 seconds ranks him as the second-fastest in Britain of all-time in the event. He is only the second Briton, after Adam Gemili to break both 10 seconds for 100 metres and 20 seconds for 200 metres. Part of the Great Britain 4 x 100-metre relay team that won the World title in 2017, he won his first major individual honour, a silver medal, in the individual 200 metres at the 2018 European Athletics Championships before claiming another relay title running for Great Britain, the eventual gold medalists, in the heats of the 4 x 100 metres.

Nethaneel Joseph Mitchell-Blake
Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake Rio2016.jpg
Mitchell-Blake at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
Full nameNethaneel Joseph Mitchell-Blake
NationalityBritish
English
Born (1994-04-02) 2 April 1994 (age 25)
Newham, London
EducationLouisiana State University
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Weight86 kg (190 lb)
Sport
CountryGreat Britain
England
SportAthletics
Event(s)Sprinting
ClubLouisiana State University Tigers[2]
Coached byDennis Shaver[2]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m – 9.99 (2017)
200 m – 19.95 (2016)[3]

CareerEdit

Born to Joseph Blake and Audrey Mitchell-Blake in Newham, London,[4] his family relocated to Jamaica when he was age thirteen. Having already competed extensively as a child in the UK,[5] his talent for sprinting was recognised by Jamaica College, who took him on, and he competed at the Inter-Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Championships.[6] After a 200 m win at the 2011 Jamaican junior championships in a personal best of 21.54 seconds, he was selected to compete for Great Britain at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics and finished fifth in his semi-final.[3]

Mitchell-Blake was recruited by Louisiana State University and began to compete for them collegiately with the LSU Tigers team. In his first year in 2013 he was a 200 m semi-finalist at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and took fourth in the 4 × 100 metres relay there. In the relay he had top three finishes in the Southeastern Conference in both the 4 × 100 metres relay and 4 × 400 metres relay.[4] He represented Great Britain at the 2013 European Athletics Junior Championships and was the 200 m champion, having set a best of 20.62 seconds. He also helped his country to fifth in the relay.[7]

In his second year at Louisiana he failed to improve after an injury-affected indoor season, having a best of 20.69 seconds. He was again a semi-finalist at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships, though he claimed his first top three finish there with LSU in the 4 × 100 metres relay.[4]

Upon his return to competition in 2016, he set new bests. In the 60 metres he ran 6.65 seconds and in the indoor 200 m he completed the distance in 20.57 seconds. At the Southeastern Conference (SEC) indoor championships he won the 200 m after another best of 20.51 and also placed seventh in the 60 m. He entered the longer event at the 2016 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships and finished as runner-up.[5] In the outdoor season, he ran 10.09 seconds for the 100 metres in April, putting him at the top of the seasonal British rankings.[6] He marked a breakthrough at the SEC Outdoor Championships, coming within one hundredth of the British record for the 200 m with his winning time of 19.95 seconds. He completed a regional triple by taking the 100 m individual and relay events, too.[8]

Mitchell-Blake anchored the men's 4 x 100m relay team to a gold medal at the 2017 World Championships.[9] He ran the same leg at the 2019 World Championships, with the team finishing in silver medal position with a new European record of 37.36 seconds.[10]

International competitionsEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2011 World Youth Championships Villeneuve d'Ascq, France 5th (semis) 200 m 21.61
2013 European Junior Championships Rieti, Italy 1st 200 m 20.62
5th 4 × 100 m relay 40.09
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 5th 200 m 20.60
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11th (sf) 200 m 20.25
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 4th 200 m 20.24
1st 4 × 100 m relay 37.47
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 2nd 200 m 20.04
1st (h) 4 × 100 m relay 37.84
2019 World Relays Yokohama, Japan 3rd 4 × 100 m relay 38.15
World Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 4 × 100 m relay 37.36

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake. rio2016.com
  2. ^ a b Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake. nbcolympics.com
  3. ^ a b Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake at IAAF
  4. ^ a b c Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake. LSUSports. Retrieved on 30 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake. Power of 10. Retrieved on 30 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b Bloom, Ben (19 May 2016). Rio Olympics 2016: Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake – from unknown student to Great Britain's new sprint hope. Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 30 May 2016.
  7. ^ Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 30 May 2016.
  8. ^ Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake: Louisiana student close to British 200m record. BBC Sport (16 May 2016). Retrieved on 30 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Great Britain claim world 4x100m world gold as Usain Bolt pulls up in final race". 12 August 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  10. ^ "World Athletics Championships: Great Britain win silver in men's 4x100m relay". 5 October 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.

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