first_imgUSAIN Bolt leads Jamaican qualifiers into the 100-metres semi-final at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Bolt, running in Heat 7, found himself mid pack after the first 30 metres of a poor drive phase, and had to work to come through it.Bolt’s 10.07, not more than a quick jog for the world record holder and defending Olympic champion, was the fourth fastest time coming out of the first round, with the United States’ Justin Gatlin (10.01), Côte d’Ivoire’s Ben Youssef Meïté (10.03), and Canada’s Andre De Grasse (10.04), finishing ahead of him.Also through from Jamaica were Yohan Blake, who won his heat in 10.11, and Nickel Ashmeade, who was second in his, clocking 10.13 seconds.There were some stutters for the Caribbean, with Trinidad and Tobago’s Richard Thompson, crashing out, along with teammates Rondel Sorrillo and Keston Bledman.Barbados Ramon Gittens also failed to qualify, running 10.25 to crash out, while The Bahamas’ Shavez Hart’s 10.28 was also not good enough.St Kitts and Nevis’ Antoine Adams (10.39), St Lucia’s Jahvid Best (10.39), and The Bahamas’ Jamial Rolle (10.64), will also take no further part in the 100-metre event.For St Kitts, there was some good news, as veteran sprinter Kim Collins, at 40 years old, is through to the semi-finals of the 100 metres, having finished fourth in his heat in 10.18.Antigua and Barbuda have also been given a boost with both Ryan Bailey and Cejhae Green making it to semis.Jamaicans running for other countries have also made their mark, with Andrew Fisher, turning out for Bahrain, qualifying qith 10.12, and his teammate, also from the Caribbean island, Kemarley Brown, qualifying with 10.13.Jak Ali Harvey, who moved from Jamaica to Turkey, is also through with his 10.14 being more than good enough.last_img

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