Bolt qualifies for 100m semis

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 13 (IANS) Two-time reigning champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica won his qualifying heat in the men’s 100 metres easily at the Rio Olympics here on Saturday.

He won Heat 7 at 10.07 seconds, pulling in front at the midpoint of the race and breezing into Sunday’s semi-finals.

His main rival American Justin Gatlin also qualified for the semi-finals with the overall best time in the heats, clocking 10.01 seconds.

Ben Youssef Meite from Cote d’Ivoire was next with a time of 10.03, followed by Canada’s Ande de Grasse with 10.04, reports Xinhua.

China’s Xie Zhenye was fifth fastest with a personal best of 10.08.

“It’ s like a soccer crowd in here,” Gatlin said. “Everyone is really excited and we’ re excited too.”

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Bolt is aiming to repeat his 100m, 200m and 4x100m victories at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games.

He recovered from a hamstring injury last month by winning the 200m at the Anniversary Games in London.

The 100m semi-finals and final will be held on Sunday.

–IANS

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