Bailey sets marker as favourites cruise
American Ryan Bailey ran the fastest ever first-round qualifying time in the Olympic men’s 100m yesterday as the main US and Jamaican favourites all cruised through their heats.
Defending champion Usain Bolt clocked 10.09sec in his heat for the blue riband event of the London Games, positively pedestrian compared to the 9.88sec run by Bailey, a time which matched the American’s personal best.
But the world record holder said he was happy to be “back” after a rocky run-in to the Games.
“I’m feeling good, my legs are feeling good so I’m happy with that,” said the 25-year-old Bolt.
Bolt’s Jamaican teammate Yohan Blake, the current world champion, timed 10sec dead after turning on the gas in his drive phase and coasting home.
Asafa Powell, the third member of the formidable Jamaican trio, won his heat in 10.04sec ahead of teenage British hope Adam Gemili (10.11), with Londoner Dwain Chambers also qualifying as heat winner in a season’s best 10.02.