Usain Bolt Wins Men’s 200m Semi Final 19.96 at World Championship Beijing [Video]
Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin will meet again in the 200-metre final at the world track and field championships after both men won their respective semifinal heats Wednesday in Beijing.
Bolt was grinning widely after crossing in 19.95 seconds, coasting for about 60 meters and checking the stadium screens high up in the stands of the Bird’s Nest to see if someone could come close. As usual, none did.
In the previous semifinal heat, Gatlin, unbeaten over two years in the 200, ran 19.87 seconds but worked a little longer than Bolt before easing up.
Bolt is trying for his fourth consecutive 200m world title. He won the 100m crown for the third time on Sunday, edging Gatlin at the line by 0.01 of a second.
Nickel Ashmeade also qualified.