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“Not a morning person” Bolt coasts to win in 200m heat

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Jamaica’s Usain Bolt competes in a men’s 200-meter heat during the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)


Usain Bolt was, relatively speaking, jogging at the end of his 200m heat on Tuesday.

That was reflected in the Jamaican legend’s 20.28 time, good for an easy first place spot in Heat No. 9 of the first round after blazing out to a comfortable lead.

Bolt, who said after the run that he’s “not a morning person”, moves onto Wednesday’s semifinal. The final is Thursday.

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The top heat times came Canada’s Andre De Grasse with a 20.08 in Heat No. 10. Spain’s Bruno Hortelano, blazed a 20.12 for second.

Jamaica’s Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade finished third and fourth, with American runner Lashawn Merritt fifth. Justin Gatlin won his heat in a time of 20.42.

USA sprinter Ameer Webb finished third in his heat, behind Hortelano and Blake, despite running a 20.31.

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