photomark 1 1024x531 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1 1024x531 1RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil –Usain Bolt cruised into the final of the men’s 100m here to remain on course to create history at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Bolt, who is seeking to become first man to win three straight Olympic 100m title, easily won semi-final 1 in 9.86.

The 29-year-old wasn’t amongst the best out of the blocks, but was early in control before shutting it down metres away from the finish line.

Trailing Bolt across the line were Canadian Andre de Grasse, 9.92 and American Trayvon Bromell, 10.01, both of whom are also in the final to be contested in just over an hour’s time.

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake is the only other Caribbean athlete to make the final 8. Blake finished second in heat three. He had a comfortable last half, crossed the finish line in 10.01 behind American Justin Gatlin, 9.94.

Akani Simbine of South Africa, third in semifinal 1 in 9.98 also qualified to the finals.

In semi-final 1, Nickel Ashmeade, 10.05, was 5th, which was not good enough for a place in the final.

Kim Collins of St. Kitts and Nevis, (6th in semifinals 2) 10.12, Cejhae Greene of Antigua and Barbuda, (7th in semifinals 2) 10.13, did not advance to medal round. Daniel Bailey, also of Antigua and Barbuda did not start.

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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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