‘Good versus evil’ is a step closer to resuming in the 200 metres at the World Championships in Beijing after Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin cruised into the semi-finals.
The Jamaican was always in control of his heat, easing up down the straight two days after clinching a 100m gold.
Bolt leads a quartet of Jamaicans that have advanced to the semifinals of the 200 metres at the XV IAAF World Championships here inside the Bird Nest Stadium.
He won his heat but had the 13th fastest time as he shut down well in advance of the finish line, going just above a jog in the final 70 metres.
He won his heat in 20.28 seconds with the Caribbean taking the first three spots as Roberto Skyers of Cuba and Yancarlos Martinez of Dominica finished second and third in 20.29 and 20.34 respectively. Teray Smith of the Bahamas finished sixth in 20.91.
Two-time drug cheat Gatlin cantered his way to victory and will bid to book a place in Thursday’s final on Wednesday.
‘Everybody knows that it will mean a lot more – actually more than the 100m,’ Bolt said.
‘I’m just trying to get through these rounds using as little energy as possible and then give it my best in the final.’


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