Athletics: Bolt leads Jamaican quartet into 100 meters final

Reuters, Sunday 11 Aug 2013

The Jamaican star has reached the final as he defends the world title he lost in 2011

Usain Bolt (Photo: Reuters)

A relaxed Usain Bolt led a quartet of Jamaicans into the world 100 meters final later on Sunday by flexing his legs to win his semi-final in 9.92 seconds.

Bolt, looking to regain the world title he lost to compatriot Yohan Blake in 2011 after infamously false-starting and suffering disqualification from the final, stepped up his efforts from Saturday's first-round heat.

The six-times Olympic gold medalist eased through a few gears to overhaul Mike Rodgers, joining compatriots Nickel Ashmeade, whose 9.90 was the fastest of the three semis, Kemar Bailey-Cole and Nesta Carter in the 1750 GMT final in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium.

Completing the final line-up were Americans Rodgers and Justin Gatlin, Briton James Dasaolu and Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre.

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