Usain Bolt is through to the semi-finals of the men's 200 metre final.
Usain Bolt is through to the semi-finals of the men's 200 metre final. Getty Images

Bolt through to semi-finals

FOR Usain Bolt, there are bigger things to come. For some of the runners lucky, or unlucky, enough to race against him in 200-metre qualifying Tuesday, this was the highlight of the Olympics.

Bolt opened defense of his 200-meter title with a stress-free first-round heat of 20.39 seconds, a race in which he powered to the lead early, then eased up to a jog over the final 80 meters.

"I was taking it as easy as possible. It's my first (200) run. I'm looking forward to tomorrow,'' said Bolt, who runs in the semifinals Thursday as he tries to become the only man with two Olympic titles in the 200.

The final is Friday.

The first round was a predictably nonchalant moment for The World's Fastest Man, though it held more significance for Isiah Young of the United States, the runner who lined up next to him in the day's first heat.

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