Justin Gatlin in action at the USATF Championships: Justin

DES MOINES, Iowa — Veterans Justin Gatlin and Michael Rodgers, as well as mounting star Christian Coleman advanced to the semi-finals of the men’s 100 metres at the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships on Thursday’s Day 1.

Gatlin, the reigning world champion from London 2017, finished second in his heat in 10.16 seconds with Isiah Young taking the win in the fastest time of the round, at 10.14.

Former national champion Michael Rodgers was also a heat winner — stopping the clock at 10.24 for victory in the first heat.

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Christopher Belcher was just behind Rodgers in 10.25, while Cravon Gillespie ran 10.29 for third place and an automatic spot into the next round.

Meanwhile, Christian Coleman, the fastest man in the world this year, won the fourth and final section in 10.29, running into a -1.6 m/s headwind.

Ronnie Baker was the other heat winner on the day, posting 10.26 in a -2.0 m/s headwind to secure the third heat.

Other notable men making progress to the last 16 were Ameer Webb (10.29), Remontay McClain (10.35) and Kendal Williams (10.37).

However, Cameron Burrell and Jeff Demps were among the notable casualties at the first stage.

Live streaming coverage of the track and field championships from Drake Stadium at Drake University, will be on NBC Sports Gold but viewers will need to purchase a subscription. Start Lists|Competition Schedule | Live Results.

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