Kelowna’s Jerome Blake broke a Canada Summer Games record, but it wasn’t quite good enough for the gold medal.
The Rutland Senior Secondary grad was edged out in the 100 metre final out by the slimmest of margains—0.002 seconds—by Ontario’s Karson Kowalchuk in a photo finish. Both runners were clocked at 10.38 seconds.
Still, Blake nosed out Kowalchuk earlier in the week in the 200 metre final in 20.87 seconds to win the gold medal
Blake’s third medal of the games, a gold, in the men’s 4×400 relay.
The Kelowna athlete was thrilled to once again wear B.C. colours on the national stage.
“It’s always a pleasure to represent my province,” Blake said. “It’s always a joy for me to come out here and represent B.C. Everyone from BC is like family. They support each other no matter what.
Blake also enjoyed the experience of interacting with the people of Winnipeg.
“It’s been great,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure being here. The city of Winnipeg and the Province of Manitoba have hosted us very well. All of these volunteers leave their homes and families to come out here and help us out.”