Usain Bolt Will Defend His Title As ‘World’s Fastest Man’

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt “built a big lead and jogged his way across the line to easily win his 100-meter Olympic semifinal in 9.87 seconds, setting up a chance for a second consecutive gold medal in the dash later Sunday,” The Associated Press reports.

And he’ll be joined in the finals by “including his Jamaican teammate and training partner, world champion Yohan Blake. A third Jamaican qualified, former world-record holder Asafa Powell, as did the U.S. trio of 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin, past world champion Tyson Gay and Ryan Bailey. Also into the final: 2008 Olympic silver medalist Richard Thompson of Trinidad and Tobago, and Churandy Martina of the Netherlands.”

Here’s how The Guardian describes Bolt’s performance in the semis:

“Bolt looks slightly nervous on the start line. He crosses himself, climbs out of the blocks slowly and then whoosh – look at him go from 30m to 70m! – that was Bolt at his near-best. He slows down to win in 9.87 sec, glaring at Ryan Bailey, who comes second in 9.96 sec, as he does so. Dwain Chambers finishes in fourth in 10.05 sec, and won’t make the final.”

The 100-meters final is set for 4:50 p.m. ET.

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