WEBB WINS BUT MITCHELL-BLAKE TAKES THE ACCLAIM
NETHANEEL MITCHELL-BLAKE has had a lot to get used to since becoming a world champion as part of the gold medal-winning 4x100m quartet last month, the rousing reception he got when he was introduced to the substantial crowd bearing testament to a growing profile.
On Tyneside he was presented with a challenge entirely new to him in the form of the 150m on the pop-up track, while it was the 23-year-old’s first taste of street athletics, too.
He was up against fellow countryman Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, the evergreen Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis and Ameer Webb.
It was the American who came out on top in what was a tight race in 15.24 (0.0), fractionally ahead of Mitchell-Blake’s 15.26. Aikines-Aryeetey ran 15.38 for third and 41-year-old Collins 15.82.
“It was my first time running the 150m,” said Mitchell-Blake. “It’s hard to fathom because no one can ever say they’ve ever practiced a 150m straight. I’m sure everyone has a masterplan as they approach it but
I’m sure that when they start running it just jumps out the window – I’m speaking for myself there as well!”
As for the fans, he added: “They remembered me! It was nice to get the appreciation – it’s really humbling and it’s what keeps you going.”