August 13, 2016 9:44:20 pm
Usain Bolt qualified for the men’s 100m semi-final by winning his heat with a timing of 10.07 seconds at the Rio 2016 Olympics. The fastest man in the world was overall fourth in terms of timing.
Justin Gatlin also qualified for the semi-finals with the overall best time in the heats, clocking 10.01 seconds. The men’s 100 meter finals are on Sunday. Bolt and Gatlin will be primed to win the gold medal.
Bolt, 29, began with a sluggish start but picked up later in the race to win it but looked in discomfort after the run. He is eyeing a triple-triple, having won the gold medal in men’s 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the previous two Olympics.
Gatlin qualified as the fastest in the heats and will look to add a medal to his 100m gold from Athens Olympics and bronze at Beijing Olympics. He is also eyeing to become the fastest man to win the 100m at Olympics.
Another Jamaican in the race, Yohan Blake also qualified for the final with ease. He is a silver medallist from the London Olympics.
Bolt holds the world record in men’s 100m with a timing of 9.59secs and in 200m with a timing of 19.19 seconds. He will run in the semi-final of 100m on August 15.
Rio Games will be Bolt’s last as he had announced earlier and he will be taking part in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in Rio.