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Bolt Leads Jamaican Assault On 200m Final

posted 17 Aug 2013, 05:09 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 17 Aug 2013, 05:09 ]

Usain Bolt leads three Jamaicans into the final of the men's 200 metres and says he is happy for young British challenger Adam Gemili.

MOSCOWRUSSIA (AUGUST 16, 2013) (AMS/DENTSU/REUTERS) -  Usain Bolt led three Jamaicans into the final of the men's 200 metres on Friday (August 16) as the world record holder seeks a third successive world title at his favourite distance.

Bolt's team mates Warren Weir, bronze medallist in last year's Olympics and the next-fastest in the field this season, and Nickel Ashmeade, fresh from his fifth place in the 100 metres final, went through to Saturday's final as Jamaica bid to match their London Olympics podium sweep.

"For me it's always good to prove that I'm still a champion, I still can do it back-to-back," Bolt told journalists after the race.

"So for me, I'm looking forward to just going there and executing, that's the key thing right now. These guys are working hard, It's going to be a good run tomorrow. But I'm just looking forward to go there and do my best."

Hoping to crash their party, however, will be Adam Gemili, after the 19-year-old ran the second-fastest time ever by a Briton to make his first major final. His 19.98 is bettered only by former indoor world champion John Regis, who ran 19.87 when Gemili was nine months old.

Bolt said he didn't see Gemili as a big competition yet, but added that he was happy for him.

"He is new to the sport, to the 200 metres. He's making his country proud, so I'm happy for him," Bolt said.

The Jamaican, who won the 100m gold on Sunday, dropped a starting block on his foot earlier in the week but said after coming through his morning heat that he was no longer in pain.

Gemili confessed to journalists that his victory in his heat was a surprise.

"I'm over the moon to have run that time. I crossed the line, I didn't even expect it, I didn't even know it was me until my name came up on the screen. I was shocked and speechless, I didn't know if it wasn't... I knew I was in good shape coming into this. It's amazing. I put myself in a mix for tomorrow as well," he said.

"If I execute well tomorrow, I'll be happy but I put myself in the final of the world championships, I'm 19 years old, I just can't complain," he added.