Usain Bolt strolls to 100m victory in first-round heat

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Usain Bolt sent out a message to his rivals with a relaxed performance in his 100m heat.

The Jamaican breezed through to the semi-final at the Rio Games, clocking a time of 10.07.

And, rubbing it in to all of us who can’t even complete 100m without breaking down and feeling a stitch, the 29-year-old called his performance at the Joao Havelange Stadium, “sluggish”.

Proving just how comfortable this was, the world-record holder started looking around at the 50m mark and didn’t bother reaching fifth gear.

Bolt has never relied on his start and he didn’t have to here, getting out of the blocks relatively slowly compared to his other eight sprinters.

As he eyes a third-straight gold medal in the 100m, those concerns that Bolt might miss the Olympics due to a hamstring injury that forced him to withdraw from Jamaica’s Olympic trials were erased.

Watch Bolt’s heat below.


In worrying news for Justin Gatlin and co., Bolt knows there’s plenty of room for improvement ahead of the semi-final.

“It wasn't the best start, I feel kind of sluggish,” he told reporters after the race, per the Daily Mail. “I think it's the fact that it's the morning. I'm not usually running this early in the morning.”

Bolt’s race began at 12:42pm local time. Fortunately for him, the semi-final and final both take in the evening.

'Hopefully tomorrow I'll feel much better,' he added.

The Jamaican races again on Sunday evening, where he will look to make Monday evening’s final.

There, he’s likely to meet Gatlin. The American ran a 10.01 in his heat as he attempts to become the oldest man to win Olympic gold in the 100m.

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