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Bolt, Ashmeade, Weir, Forte continue 200m medal quest

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2015 | 8:23 AM
The 29-year old, who jogged to 20.28 seconds in his opening heat, has a season best of 20.13 - well above his world record mark of 19.19.

Usain Bolt will lead three other Jamaican men on the quest for spots in the 200m final when the semis get underway at 7:30 a.m.

Bolt, having already successfully defended his 100m title will look to move a step closer to retaining his crown in the half lap event when he lines up in lane seven in the third and ultimate semi-final heat.

The 29-year old, who jogged to 20.28 seconds in his opening heat, has a season best of 20.13 - well above his world record mark of 19.19.

Nickel Ashmeade will run out of lane two and Warren Weir, lane four, in heat one.

Ashmeade, who won the 200m at the national trials ahead of Weir, has fallen off pace since failing to make the 100m final and having to settle for third in the heats of the 200m with a time of 20.40 seconds.

His season best of 20.18 is some way off his personal best of 19.79.

Weir, the Olympic bronze and World Championships silver-medal winner, who has a personal of 19.79 but has also had a below par season with his season best standing at 20.24.

Jamaica’s other representative in event, Julian Forte, will run out of lane five in heat two.

The 22-year-old has been having a good season lowering his PB to 20.04.

Forte will have for company in his race Justin Gatlin who will run out of lane seven.

The American has clocked the fastest 200m time in the world so far this year with 19.57.