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Bolt, Blake, Powell in control at trials


KINGSTON — Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell cruised through their 100m quarter-final heats with ease at the Jamaican Olympic trials on Thursday, to leave sprinting’s big three on course for a tantalising final.

There was nothing electrifying about any of their performances with no one dipping under 10secs on a hot, muggy night at the National Stadium.

Triple Olympic champion and 100m world record holder Bolt was nonchalant as he settled into his blocks, pointed to the sky then coasted home first unchallenged in an ordinary 10,06.

The only thing flashy about Bolt’s performance was his lime green spikes as he barely worked up a decent sweat putting a bigger effort into later out-running the media.

Blake, the 100m world champion, was little more inspired clocking 10 flat to take his heat while Powell, the reigning Jamaican 100m champion and former-world record holder, eased up at the line to finish second behind Nesta Carter in the same time of 10,19.

Michael Frater topped the fourth heat with 10,09. Blake and Bolt had little comment about their efforts. Bolt changing quickly, pulling a white towel over his head and escaping the stadium without acknowledging the crowd or media. The finals were due last night.

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