KINGSTON, Jamaica (Sporting Alert,) — World record holder Usain Bolt ran the fastest times of the 100 metres heats on Day 1 of the Jamaica Track and Field Trials at the National Stadium on Thursday.
Bolt, who false-started at the 2011 championships and must qualify to earn a place, clocked 10.00 seconds to lead a very strong group of sprinters into the semi-finals on Friday.
Former World record holder Asafa Powell is next fastest with 10.02 and he looked good when beating Nickel Ashmeade (10.05) and Dexter Lee (10.19) in heat 4.
Kemar Bailey-Cole, a training partner of Bolt at Racers Track Club ran 10.04 to win his heat, while Jacques Harvey (10.07) won the other heat.
Earlier in the day, Rusheen McDonald ran the fastest 400m open time of the qualifying rounds – posting 45.68secs to lead Javere Bell (45.71), Edino Steele (45.75), Nicholas Maitland, (45.83) and Javon Francis (45.88).
Roxroy Cato is the fastest qualifier in the men’s 400m hurdles with 49.56, with Leford Green (49.94), Javarn Gallimore (49.76), Annsert Whyte (49.83) and former national Isa Phillips (50.13) also going through.
Ristananna Tracey qualified fastest in the women’s division with 55.72.