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Bolt ready for 200m march

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 5:00 PM


Usain Bolt will get the defence of his 200m title under way at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, this morning at 6:44 a.m. as he looks to continue piling on the gold medals inside the Bird's Nest.

Bolt, who on Sunday held on to his 100m crown after a close final, which he won in 9.79 seconds ahead of arch-rival Justin Gatlin, 9.80, and youngsters AndrÈ De Grasse and Trayvon Bromell, who shared the bronze after both clocked 9.92, will line up in the third of seven heats.

He has been drawn in lane four and is not expected to meet much resistance from a field that barely has a recognisable name.

The Jamaican, who holds the World and Olympic titles, as well as the World record in both sprints, is yet to really spark in a 200m after a season of setbacks and concerns over his fitness, with times of 20.29, 20.20 and 20.13 in his three half-lap assignments to date.

early test

National champion Nickel Ashmeade will be looking to make amends after failing to make the 100m final, when he lines up in heat number four. Ashmeade, who has gone 20.18 in the event this year, is expected to follow world leader Justin Gatlin (19.57) to the line in this one.

Warren Weir, the Olympic bronze and World Championships silver-medal winner, lines up in lane eight in heat number six, where the United states' Wallace Spearmon will give his readiness a good early test.

Julian Forte and Jamaica-based Brit Zharnel Hughes go head to head in heat number five.

The men's 200m heats start at 6:30 a.m.

- A.L.