Gatlin v Blake: Men’s 100m Semi-Final Rio 2016 Battles
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Justin Gatlin and Yohan Blake will clash in the pick of the men’s 100m semi-finals at Rio 2016 inside the Olympic Stadium on Sunday night.
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The pair will go head-to-head in the third semi-final heat.
Blake, the Jamaican sprint double champion and silver medallist in London four-years-ago, will start in lane four, while Gatlin, the fastest man in the world this year, and U.S. champion, will race from the sixth lane.
James Dasaolu of Great Britain, Antigua & Barbuda’s Daniel Bailey and France’s Christophe Lemaitre are also in the third of the three semis.
Meanwhile, two-time defending champion and the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt, will compete in the second semi-final.
Bolt, who revealed that he will be going out to run much quicker than he did in the heats on Saturday night, will be up against American Trayvon Bromell and Canada’s Andre De Grasse – the men who shared the bronze medal behind the Jamaican at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, last summer.
The loaded semi-final will also include Chijindu Ujah of Great Britain, Kim Collins of Saint Kitts & Nevis and Jamaican-born sprinter Andrew Fisher, who now races for Bahrain.
The first semi-final will see Jamaica’s Nickel Ashmeade, Ben Youssef Meïté from the Ivory Coast, Jamaican-born Turkey sprinter Jak Ali Harvey and Jimmy Vicaut of France all targeting places in the final.
The men’s 100m final will also take place on Sunday night.
Bolt is hoping to become the first man in Olympic history to win a treble-treble in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m.