Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin served up a tasty starter to tomorrow’s main course as the two men expected to tough it out for 100m gold successfully completed their first task of the World Championships with a minimum of exertion and maximum impact.
Though Boult failed to impress as he finished far below of the list.
Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin finished 9.96 sec. and 9.83 seconds respectively in the heat of the World Championships. Tomorrow they will vie for gold in the main course of the 100-meter run.
As Gatlin, who was served a one-year suspension, appeared on the track, he was welcomed by boos and silence. But that did not bother him tore down the track as he finished as first, beat his Jamaican rival.
Young American sensation Trayvon Bromell easing up for a time of 9.91sec., while Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut was only slightly behind to triumph in the following race, winning his heat in 9.92.
Bolt then followed to take victory in his heat in 9.96sec, ahead of American Mike Rodgers (9.97sec).
Asafa Powell – the self-titled King of sub-10 seconds – also suggested he could threaten the podium by advancing in 9.95sec.
Bolt came through in 9.96 seconds
The battle between Bolt and Gatlin is one of the most anticipated sprinting head-to-heads in recent years.
While both men have been at pains to deny their role in the tale, it is almost impossible to avoid painting their quest for glory as anything other than a clash between good and bad.