EUGENE, Oregon (Sporting Alert) -– Justin Gatlin was the fastest qualifier from the heats in the men’s 100 metres at the U.S. Olympic Games trials at Hayward Field on Saturday.
The 2004 Olympic Games champion clocked 9.90 seconds to win his heat in the quickest time on the evening and defeated World Indoor finalist Trell Kimmons (10.11).
Also moving into the semis is American record holder Tyson Gay, who took heat 4 in a time of 10.00secs, matching his seasonal best from the adidas Grand Prix in New York a few weeks ago.
Other preliminary heat winners were Olympic bronze medallist Walter Dix (10.03), Michael Rodgers (10.05) and Marcus Rowland (10.16).
Making it through also are Jeff Demps (10.18), Darvis Patton (10.06), Ryan Bailey (10.03) and Maurice Mitchell (10.13).
Action in the women’s semi-finals went off this evening also and again Tianna Madison looked very impressive when running the fastest time at 10.96secs to win her race and booked a place into tonight’s final.
Oregon NCAA champion English Gardner was second to her in 11.10.
Also in the final are Carmelita Jeter (11.07) Allyson Felix (11.23) and Alexandria Anderson (11.13).
Elsewhere, Dawn Harper entered the women’s 100m hurdles final with the fastest time of 12.65 and she led Clemson’s Brianna Rollins (12.70) and Ohio State’s Christina Manning (12.72).
Kellie Wells (12.74) and Lolo Jones (12.75) will also race in the decider.