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Usain Bolt easily wins 100m heat at the World Championships

Updated: Saturday, 10 Aug 2013 19:50 | Comments

Usain Bolt safely through as he bids to make amends for Daegu in 2011
Usain Bolt safely through as he bids to make amends for Daegu in 2011

Usain Bolt ignored the false start by his nearest rival, reviving memories of the Jamaican's disqualification from the 2011 100m final, to safely negotiate his first foray at the World Athletics Championships on Saturday.

Bolt, with a wave and a quick salute to an appreciative Luzhniki stadium crowd pre-race, but no smiles or elaborate gestures, eased down the straight in 10.07 seconds to earn his passage to the semi-finals on Sunday. The final is at 6.50pm (Irish time) on Sunday evening.

Running in the last of seven first-round heats, Bolt kept his composure after Kemar Hyman of the Cayman Islands, running in lane four, directly to Bolt's right, false-started and was disqualified.

Olympic champion and world record holder Bolt infamously suffered the same fate two years ago in Daegu, South Korea, forced to walk away as compatriot Yohan Blake took his world title.

"I'm happy with my run. I took it easy as it was the first round. I just wanted to get my reaction and start right. The false start in my heat didn't affect me - I did that mistake in Daegu and now I'm staying focused," Bolt told reporters.

"I'm excited about the World Championships. I was really looking forward for this time to come."

Apart from Hyman's disqualification, there was little drama in the heats where the leading protagonists flexed their muscles and fast times were in short supply.

"I'm happy with my run. I took it easy as it was the first round" - Usain Bolt

American Mike Rodgers set the fastest qualifying time with 9.98, one of only two men to dip under 10 seconds.

Former double world champion Justin Gatlin, third behind Bolt in last year's Olympic final, clocked 9.99 and the American represents the greatest threat to Bolt's dominance.

Bolt was not the fastest Jamaican in the heats, Kemar Bailey-Cole clocking 10.02 to open proceedings,

Trinidad & Tobago's Keston Bledman's also stopped the clock at 10.02, while China's Zhang Peimeng caused a stir in winning heat two - the 26-year-old's 10.04 a national record. 

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