Bolt coasts to vic­tory in 100-me­ter heat

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

LON­DON — With the same aura, bravado and even the lack­lus­ter start, Usain Bolt stuck to tra­di­tion Fri­day in his farewell cham­pi­onships.

The Ja­maican great revved up the crowd at the Olympic Sta­dium and then coasted to vic­tory in his first-round heat in the 100-me­ter dash.

“It was bril­liant,” Bolt said, re­fer­ring to the in­cred­i­ble crowd sup­port. “They come out in their num­bers.”

In a rare oc­cur­rence, though, Bolt was up­staged in the noise depart­ment when lo­cal great Mo Farah re­cov­ered from a stum­ble with 300 meters to go and won gold in the 10,000 meters — his 10th con­sec­u­tive global long-dis­tance ti­tle go­ing back to 2011.

The British run­ner, also run­ning on the track in his fi­nal ma­jor cham­pi­onships, showed the Ja­maican how to win gold be­fore say­ing good­bye.

Bolt is set to re­tire af­ter the 400-me­ter re­lay next week­end. Farah still has the 5,000 next week be­fore head­ing for the road and the marathon.

Next is to­day’s semi­fi­nals. The fi­nal is later tonight.

Justin Gatlin didn’t fare well with the crowd. The Amer­i­can was widely booed for his past dop­ing con­vic­tion. Still the big­gest threat to Bolt, he eas­ily won his heat in 10.05 sec­onds.

Chris­tian Cole­man, the fastest man of the sea­son so far, won the first heat in 10.01. In the next one, 2011 cham­pion Yo­han Blake strug­gled all the way and fin­ished in a tie for sec­ond to go through.

An­other Ja­maican, Ju­lian Forte, matched his life­time best to be­come to first man to break the 10-sec­ond mark to win his heat in 9.99.

In the first ma­jor sur­prise of the world cham­pi­onships, Olympic cham­pion Jeff Hen­der­son (Syl­van Hills) failed to reach Fri­day’s fi­nal in the long jump.

Fol­low­ing a medi­ocre first at­tempt and a foul, the Amer­i­can could only man­age 25-83/4 meters, which was not enough to get him among the top dozen qual­i­fiers. Shak­ing his head and ap­plaud­ing the fans, he is out of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The top per­former of the year, Luvo Manyonga, qual­i­fied for the fi­nal on his first at­tempt, set­ting a mark of 26-73/4 be­yond the au­to­matic qual­i­fy­ing mark.

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