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Powell, Gay safely through the first round

25 August 2007

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell
Video. 100m Men's Quaterfinal (Asafa Powell)
Video. 100m Men's Quaterfinal (Tyson Gay)

World record holder Asafa Powell easily qualified for the quarter-finals of the men’s 100-metre dash, while his arch rival Tyson Gay also cruised through at the 11th IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan this morning.

Powell, the Jamaican ace who is expected to battle hard with Gay for the gold medal clocked 10.34 to finish second behind Trinidadian Keston Bledman, who took the heat in 10.29.

“Good track, fast track. I do not want say anything else,” Powell said after his heat.

Meanwhile, Gay posted 10.19 to take second to Japanese sprinter Nobuharu Asahara, who posted a season’s best of 10.14 to finish first.

Another medal favourite making it through the early rounds was Bahamian record holder Derrick Atkins. He finished third in heat 2 in 10.25. Antigua’s Brendan Christian won the race in 10.16.

“Everything is under control. I ran exactly what was necessary, nothing else,” Atkins said.

Briton Marlon Devonish, the winner of heat 3 was the fastest qualifier with 10.13. Former champion and defending world bronze medallist Kim Collins (SKN) went through as a fastest loser (10.34)

Olympic silver medallist Francis Obikwelu of Portugal was disqualified and did not progress.

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