Usain Bolt in the defending Olympic champion. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Jamaican training partners Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake are on course to do battle in the Men’s 100m final after both easily qualified for the semi-finals of the event. Bolt, the Beijing gold medallist four years ago lost the mantle of the world’s fastest man to his teammate last year when he was disqualified in the 100m final at the World Championships, with Blake going on to win the event. Blake showed that he was a worthy opponent to the world record holder by beating him at the Jamaican Olympic trials at the end of June and will be determined to reassert his superiority on the fast London track.
American youngster Ryan Bailey set the fastest time in the opening round, equally his PB after stopping the clock at 9.88 seconds, while compatriot and 2004 Athens gold medallist Justin Gatlin was the only other competitor to run under ten seconds. Fellow American Tyson Gay has been running well in 2012 and was another of the big names to progress to the semi-finals. Blake ran 10.00 seconds to qualify third quickest, while Bolt was equal ninth in the preliminary stages with a time of 10.09.
The Men’s 100m final takes place at 6:50am (AEST) on Monday August 6.
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