Bolt, Blake, Ashmeade all qualify for 100m semi-finals

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bolt-again.jpgJamaica's Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade are all set to compete in today's semi-finals of the 100m following good performances inside the Olympic Stadium yesterday.

Bolt, 29, who is hunting his third-consecutive Olympic title, eased to 10.07 seconds (-0.4), even with the second slowest reaction time of 1.56, but he caught the field effortlessly and even had time to glance around as he eased to the finish line.

Bolt won ahead of Jamaican-born Andrew Fisher in 10.12 seconds, now competing in the colours of Bahrain. The triple world record holder will line up in semi-final two and is drawn in lane six. Canadian Andre deGrasse is in lane five with American Trayvon Bromwell in lane nine. Fisher is in lane four.


Blake jogged 10.11 seconds and won Heat Six ahead of another Jamaican - Jak Ali Harvey - who has switched allegiance and is now representing Turkey. Harvey clocked 10.14. Blake, the 2011 world champion and double silver medallist at the London Olympic Games will come face to face with American Justin Gatlin in semi-final three. Gatlin had won his Heat Two in 10.01 seconds, which was the fastest time into the semis.

Bahrain's Kemarley Brown - the third Jamaican who switched allegiance - won his Heat One in 10.13 and will match strides with Blake, Gatlin, Dasaolu and Christophe Lemaitre of France.

Meanwhile, Nickel Ashmeade, who ran a composed race, was second in Heat Three in a time of 10.13 seconds behind China's Zhenye Xie, who won in a personal best of 10.08. Ashmeade was surprised by the Asian's speed. He was the only Jamaican to lose and he was rewarded with a most favourable semi-final one alongside Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, Akani Simbine of South Africa, and Jak Ali Harvey.

The men's semi-finals will start today at 7:00 pm (Jamaican time) with the final set for 8:25 pm.