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Usain Bolt wins despite shaky start

JOB DONE: Usain Bolt

DESPITE NOT being at his very best, sprint icon Usain Bolt qualified for tomorrow's 100m World Championships semi final with a time of 10.07secs.

Britain's James Dasaolu came home second behind Bolt in a time of 10.13.

Ever the perfectionist, Bolt said post-race:

"That was very bad, I stumbled coming out of the blocks. I'm not very fond of these blocks. I think these are the worst ones I've ever experienced. I have to get this start together because I can't keep doing this.

"It's shaky. When I did my warm-up it pushed back. It is just not what I am used to. Not as sturdy or firm", said a visibly unhappy Bolt.

"The crowd is always wonderful. They always show me so much love and I always appreciate being here. I'm excited about getting through to that final and doing my job to my best.

"I had to work hard but I'm actually glad I had to push myself more to blow the cobwebs away. I'm feeling ok but it wasn't a great race.

"The people gave me a lot of appreciation as normal but the only different thing is there were loads of Jamaicans in the crowd which I'm happy about - I just want to make them proud.

"The guys (from Asia) are always going to come out and run fast. They are all stepping up this season which is great. I'm excited to see what they can do in these championships.

"I didn't run as smooth as I'd like to but the way I got back into the race shows I am in decent form. After the semi finals I can say what is what."

With retirement imminent after the World Championships, Bolt admitted:

"My dad wants me to go on but I am happy to retire after the championships."

Americans will provide the Jamaican with serious opposition tomorrow. Christian Coleman won his heat in 10.01 seconds. He said:

"I have a lot of confidence moving forward as that was a great race. I was just focusing on my lane and getting the job done.

"I took a little break after the national championships so I feel relaxed and that I have plenty left in the tank. I felt good in the 4x100m that I did in Monaco a couple of weeks ago so I felt ready for this.

"Everyone has the same goal to come out here and win. My mindset is always to get the victory and tomorrow will be no different."

Justin Gatlin, banned for a past doping violation was booed all night. However, he won his heat in 10.05secs. He said:

"I feel good, just had to get out, have a good start, make sure I stay relaxed for the second half and just shut it down.

"Bolt looks good. He has his long legs so is not out of blocks very fast but he keeps the energy very well so that is going to count in the end.

“I am not worried about the crowds and I just focus on my start and my race. I am just here, seeing my team mates, seeing my countryman and just have a good time.

“It was an easy start, very technical, smooth. My form is the best that can be this year. I feel great. You know I had a couple of injuries this year so I just want to be the best I can be.”

Japanese runner Sani Brown, who has a Ghanaian father, won the second heat with a personal best of 10.05secs with Jamaica's Yohan Blake second in 10.13secs.

Julian Forte, also representing Jamaica, won his heat in a personal best time of 9.99secs. Ben Meite of Ivory coast was second in 10.02secs. Briton Reece Prescod was third with a personal best time of 10.03secs.

Another home runner - Chijindu Ujah - came second in the fourth heat in 10.07secs. Ujah said:

"I was really relaxed at the start, I just wanted to work through all my phases.

"It's a London World Championships. It doesn't get better than this. I'm just going to keep enjoying it and hopefully I'll get through to that final."

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