Fri, September 20, 2013

Usain Bolt toys with competition in first-round 100M heat

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency


Jamaica's Usain Bolt (7) starts in his men's 100m round 1 heat at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 4, 2012. Seen are (L-R) Cameroon's Idrissa Adam, Nigeria's Ogho-Oghene Egwero, Bolt and Britain's James Dasaolu. (REUTERS)

LONDON - If there was any doubt, it should be gone now: The world's fastest man appears ready to Bolt.

Jamaican superstar and reigning Olympic champion Usain Bolt simply toyed with the competition as he won his first round heat in 10.08. Bolt stumbled leaving, quickly righted himself, ran hard for about 40 metres and effortlessly cruised to the finish.

Not to be outdone, Bolt's country mate and nemesis so far this year, Yohan Blake, opened his Games in equally impressive fashion. The winner of the Jamaican Olympic trials earlier this year won in 10 seconds flat and like Bolt eased up at the end.

The third favourite for gold here, American Tyson Gay, was also a heat winner in 10.08. With all the big guns cruising to wins, the stage is set for a dramatic 24 hours leading to Sunday's Olympic highlight moment -- the men's 100-metre final.

Though the weather won't be steaming hot like it was in Beijing four years ago, the track here at Olympic Stadium is lightning fast.

One heat prior to Bolt's effort, American Ryan Bailey ripped out a 9.88 clocking, the fastest first-round 100-metre sprint in Olympic history. Also in that heat, Canada's Justyn Warner was third in a personal best of 10.09 to move to the next round.

In heat two another American, Justyn Gatlin, also went sub 10 seconds, breaking the wire in 9.97.