The clear target for both sprinters will undoubtedly be the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
Fresh from a globetrotting vacation which saw him making stops in New Zealand, Australia, Japan and Rio de Janeiro – host city for the 2016 Olympic Games – Bolt will be keen to pick up where he left off last season.
The 26-year-old IAAF World Athlete of the Year nominee became the first man to repeat an Olympic Games sprint double with 9.63 and 19.32 runs in the 100m and 200m, respectively, inside London’s Olympic Stadium.
The Jamaican capped another impressive season as the winner of the 100m in the lucrative Samsung/IAAF Diamond League series.
Blake is the only man to have beaten Bolt this year and only the third since 2008 in a 100m or 200m, with back-to-back wins in both sprints at the Jamaica National Senior Championships in June and July.
Blake’s only losses were dealt by Bolt in the Olympics finals and although he has spent much of his off-season playing cricket – his self-proclaimed true love, Blake is settling back down to business, as he gets ready to prepare himself for the defence of the 100m title he won in Daegu, South Korea in 2011.
Both athletes are conditioned by noted track and field coach, Glen Mills, at the University of West Indies, Mona-based Racers Track Club.