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Olympic Games 2008: Bolt cruises to 9.92 to move into 100m semi-finals. Powell and Gay are in semifinals too.

15 August 2008

Usain Bolt (JAM) won a 100m quarterfinal in 9.92 during the 2008 Beijing Olympics athletics competition at National Stadium Usain Bolt (JAM) won a 100m quarterfinal in 9.92 during the 2008 Beijing Olympics athletics competition at National Stadium
By Gary Smith

World record holder Usain Bolt of Jamaica was again on a Sunday morning cruise and yet still he looked the most impressive in the men's 100 metres quarter-finals in the Beijing Bird Nest Stadium Friday night.

Like he did in his first round heat, which he comfortable won in 10.20 seconds, Bolt got out to a modest start, but got into his racing form very quickly before easing to 9.92 seconds, the fastest time of second round.

The run from the 21-year-old again cemented his status as the strong favourite for the gold medal.

Earlier in the night, Dutch Antilles' Churandy Martina and Trinidadian Richard Thompson also broke 10-seconds in their quarter-final races. Bolt's fellow countryman and former world record holder Asafa Powell looked impressive in his heat also, despite not going under the sub-10 barrier.

Martina, one of the athletes targeting an upset in the event, won the first quarter-finals in a personal best time of 9.99 seconds and beat Jamaica's Michael Frater, who finished second in 10.09.

Thompson followed that performance in very next round with the same time when he won ahead of a far from convincing Tyson Gay, who struggled to keep up with the pace and finished second at 10.09.

Powell, who must now be fearful of Bolt after watching his countryman amble to another sub-10 seconds, clocked 10.02 in the final heat to join his countrymen in the semi-finals.

It was also business as usual for the sprinter as he did stop to hold any conversion – quickly making a rush back to athletes' area.

The Jamaican had suffered a stomach problem after his first round race, but managed to get over the problem after receiving treatment by the track side line.

"My stomach felt bad after breakfast," Powell said afterwards.

Meanwhile, one must not count out Trinidadian champion Marc Burns, who took heat three in 10.05. One of his compatriots, Darrel Brown suffered an injury in his race and failed to progress

Also making it through were Bahamian Derrick Atkins (10.14), Kim Collins (10.07), Walter Dix (10.08) and defending Olympic silver medallist Francis Obikwelu of Portugal.

The semifinals and finals of the 100metres are set for Saturday.

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