Reigning Olympic 100m, 200m and 4 × 100 metres relay champion and the fastest human on the planet Usain Bolt is set to run his final two 100m races at the World Athletic Championship in London today, after winning the 100m heat to qualify for the semi finals of the Championship. Bolt bested British sprinter James Dasaolu(10.12 seconds) with a time of 10.07 seconds, but expressed frustration with the race, vowing to get it together before the final two races today. Also getting through to the semi finals were American James Gatin and Great Britain’s Reece Prescond and Chijindu Ujah.
The British Champion Prescond finished with his best timing yet but was beaten by Jamaica’s Julian Forte who ran the race in 9.99 seconds to come out with the best time of the night. Eleven-time world champion Bolt has posted a sub-10 seconds time only once this year and looked to struggle a little bit during his sprint yesterday. After the race, Bolt complained about the blocks, saying that they seemed to push back during warm up and that made the race shaky for him. In either case, Bolt would look to pull out all stops as he prepares to bid farewell to a long and illustrious career in style. Bolt will also be turning out for the Jamaican national team in the 4 × 100 metres relay later in the championships.
The semifinals are scheduled for 7.05 pm GMT today, and the final race will take place at 9.45 pm GMT later in the night. The championship is being held at the London stadium, the venue of Bolt’s double triumph in the 2012 London Olympics where he won the 100m with a world record of 9.63 seconds and also successfully defended his 200m title, becoming the first man ever to defend both the 100m and 200m titles. Bolt also ran the anchor lap of the 4 × 100 metres relay finals for Jamaica, winning the relay with a world record to complete an unprecedented “triple of triples”. Given his extraordinary record that has led many people to call him the greatest sprinter of all time, he will be eager to finish unbeaten in today’s races.