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Bolt safely through 100m first round

Usain Bolt qualified for the men's 100m semi-final by winning his heat with a timing of 10.07 seconds at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

He won Heat 7 aat 10.07 seconds, pulling in front at the midpoint of the race and breezing into Sundays semifinals.

Long-time competitor Justin Gatlin will also be in the semifinals after posting a 10.01 time on Saturday.

Bolt, who has had a disappointing year of competition (at least by Usain Bolt standards), ran through the heat easily in front of a stadium filled with tens of thousands of fans.

Although his start perhaps wasn't one of his best, Bolt soon nosed ahead of the rest of the field and appeared to resist reaching anything near top speed.

Usain Bolt says he is focused on executing his races well as he pursues an unprecedented three consecutive 100m Olympic gold medals.

Another Jamaican in the race, Yohan Blake also qualified for the final easily. The final two events of javelin and the 800m come in Saturday's evening session. His chances of doing that would seem to have as much to do with his own health as they do with Gatlin or anyone else lining up against him. "I feel kind of sluggish". I think it's the fact that it's the morning. "I'm not usually running this early in the morning", Bolt told reporters.

Bolt, the most decorated sprinter of all time, ran 10:07 at Olympic Stadium before a raucous crowd that cheered his ever move.