Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin moved closer to setting up the biggest duel of the world championships on Saturday, striding into the semifinals of the 100 meters with victories in their heats. Gatlin upstaged the Jamaican with the top time in the first round, even though the American got a little push from nature with a strong back wind of 2.1 meters per second during his 9.83-second race. Sunday’s final is expected to feature a showdown between Bolt and Gatlin, who won the 100m at the 2004 Olympics before serving a four-year ban for doping.
- Gatlin, who served a four-year doping suspension midway through a career that started with a gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics and a sprint double at the 2005 worlds, faced some scattered boos from fans but nothing like the hostile media reception he has had in several nations.
- Trayvon Bromell (9.91), Jimmy Vicaut (9.92) and Asafa Powell (9.95) also recorded top-five times, while Great Britain’s CJ Ujah and Richard Kilty also progressed to the semi-finals.
- The flashiest part of his showing at the stadium where he won 100 gold with a world record seven years ago were his lemon-yellow colored shoes.