LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Usain Bolt starts the defence of his 200m title at the Olympics in London on Tuesday when he competes in the first round of the event.
Bolt, who won the 100m and defended his crown with a sizzling 9.63 seconds on his way to setting new Olympic record and the second fastest time ever – will race in heat 1 of the 200m and should have little problems going through.
Yohan Blake, the second fastest man ever over the distant, at 19.26secs, will race in heat 4 and like Bolt, he too should have no problems cruising through heat.
French star Christophe Lemaitre, who decided to skip the 100m to focus more on the half-lap is the top man in the second heat, which also includes Rondel Sorrillo of Trinidad and Tobago.
Also facing the starter’s gun in the first round are American Wallace Spearmon, Churandy Martina from the Netherlands, Michael Mathieu from the Bahamas and Warren Weir of Jamaica.
On Monday the likes of Allyson Felix, Shelly Ann Fraser-Pryce, Sanya Richards-Ross, Veronica Campbell-Brown and Carmelita Jeter all moved on to the semi-finals of the women’s race.
Meanwhile, there were reasons to celebrate in Grenada after teenage sensation Kirani James posted a new personal best of 43.94 to win the men’s 400m gold medal – beating the Dominican Republic’s Luguelín Santos (44.46) and Trinidad and Tobago’s Lalonde Gordon (44.52).
Veteran Felix Sanchez stunned the field to win the men’s 400m hurdles in 47.63, with American Michael Tinsley (47.91) and Puerto Rico’s Javier Culson (48.10) taking the silver and bronze.