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Olympic Games 2008: Bolt, Powell impressive, Gay looked uneasy in 100m first round

15 August 2008
www.world-track.org

Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay at Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay at Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing
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By Gary Smith

Favourites Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell Tyson Gay all made it through their first rounds of the men's 100 metres dash at the 29th Olympiad in Beijing, Friday morning.

But while Powell and Bolt took a Sunday morning strolled, Gay did a lot more work to finish first in his first race since hurting his hamstring at the U.S. trials.

Bolt, the Jamaican world record holder in the event got the ball rolling when he cruised through heat one in a time of 10.20 seconds.

The 21-year-old ran all the way in his comfort zone and went even slower with 50-metres go to beat Antigua's Daniel Bailey, who finished second in 10.24.

"Tonight, tonight, tonight," Bolt said as he quickly made his to the cool down area to prepare for the next round.

Bolt's fellow countryman Asafa Powell got out from the blocks like a rocket and then eased down in final 40m to win heat two in 10.16. Former world champion Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis finished right behind him in 10.17. All three Jamaicans made it through, as Michael Frater won heat four in 10.15.

Another comfortable run came from Trinidadian Ricardo Thompson, who like Bolt, cruised home in 10.24 in heat three.

Gay took heat five in 10.22, but like his arch rivals did not look as comfortable as he has been in the last couple of seasons. The American was actually running faster than usual in these early rounds and seem to be fighting all the way.



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Bolt's fellow countryman Asafa Powell got out from the blocks like a rocket and then eased down in final 40m to win heat two in 10.16. Former world champion Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis finished right behind him in 10.17. All three Jamaicans made it through, as Michael Frater won heat four in 10.15.
Another comfortable run came from Trinidadian Ricardo Thompson, who like Bolt, cruised home in 10.24 in heat three.
Gay took heat five in 10.22, but like his arch rivals did not look as comfortable as he has been in the last couple of seasons. The American was actually running faster than usual in these early rounds and seem to be fighting all the way." target="digg"> Digg



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