RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Usain Bolt jogged his season best to book his place in the Rio 2016 Olympics men’s 200m final.

Bolt was off to a fast start and covered Canada’s Andre de Grasse, who was outside, long before he straightened.

The two-time defending champion came off the curve and cruised the last 100 metres looking on both sides.

De Grasse, who was safe in second, crossed behind Bolt in a national record, 19.80.

Nickel Ashmeade’s 20.31 wasn’t enough to take him into the next round. He was put under early pressure from LaShawn Merritt, who was fast off the curve, to race home in 19.94secs.

Christophe Lemaitre of France ran his season best of 20.01 to take his place in the final.

Nickel Ashmeade’s 20.31 wasn’t enough to take him into the next round.

Ashmeade was put under early pressure from LaShawn Merritt, who was fast off the curve, to race home in 19.94secs.
Christophe Lemaitre of France ran his season best of 20.01 to take his place in the final.

Yohan Blake also missed out on the final with 20.37 in his semi-final heat, won by Alonso Edward of Panama ahead of Churandy Martina of Netherland, 20.10.

American Justin Gatlin also failed to make the final cut, finishing third in 20.13.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.

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