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#RioGoldRush: Bolt clocks season's best 9.86 to head into men's 100m final, Blake in too

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2016 | 8:23 PM
Bolt will be seeking to become the first athlete to win three consecutive 100m Olympic titles - Ricardo Makyn photo

Usain Bolt continued on his march to further greatness after making light work of his semi-final field in progressing to the final of the men’s 100m at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The two-time defending champion clocked a season’s best 9.86 seconds to take semi-final two and will now turn his attention to the final at 8:35 p.m. 

Bolt will be seeking to become the first athlete to win three consecutive 100m Olympic titles.

Canada’s Andre de Grasse equaled his lifetime best of 9.92 for second with America’s Trayon Bromell, 10.01, in third.

The Jamaican-born Andrew Fisher, who now represents Bahrain was disqualified after getting out the blocks too early.

Bolt will be joined in the final by compatriot and club mate Yohan Blake.

Blake, who won silver in 2012 when Bolt had false started, claimed his spot after placing second in semi-final three in a time of 10.01.

America’s Justin Gatlin, who is aiming to regain the 100m Olympic title 12 years after winning his first, won in 9.94 seconds.

Ashmeade failed in his attempt to qualify for his first Olympics final after placing fifth in semi-final one in 10.05 seconds.

The race was won by French man Jimmy Vicaunt, who clocked 9.95 seconds to finish ahead of Ben Youssef Meite (9.97) of Ivory Coast

- Ryon Jones

PROFILE - Usain Bolt 
Age:
29 years old
High School: William Knibb Memorial High School
Events: men’s 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Personal Best: 100m – 9.58s, 200m – 19.19s
Interesting Facts:
Bolt made his Olympic debut as a 17-year-old at Athens 2004, where, hampered by a torn hamstring, he went out in the opening round of the 200m.
He is the first athlete to set three world records in a single Olympic Games competition.
In the 2012 Olympic Games Bolt became the first athlete in history to win the 100m and 200m sprints at successive Olympic Games

PROFILE - Yohan Blake
Age:
26 years old
High School: Saint Jago
Events: Men’s 100m, 200m, 4x100m
Personal Best: 100m - 9.69s, 200m - 19.26s
Interesting Facts:
Blake and American Tyson Gay share the title of second fattest man in history with a time of 9.69.
In 2011 he capitalised on Bolt false-starting in the Daegu World Championships final to take gold.
In April 2013, while at a 100-meter race in Jamaica, the hamstring in Blake’s right leg tore, causing him to miss the rest of the season.
In July 2014, his hamstring ripped off his pelvis bone at the 60-meter mark at a race in Glasgow, Scotland resulting in his missing the rest of the season and most of 2015.