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Bolt through to 200m final, Gatlin out

Reuters logo Reuters 18-08-2016 By Mitch Phillips
Athletics - Men's 200m Semifinals © REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Athletics - Men's 200m Semifinals

By Mitch Phillips

Usain Bolt and Andre de Grasse set up a showdown in the Olympic 200m final after crossing the line together in their semi-final on Wednesday but 100m silver medallist Justin Gatlin missed out along with Jamaican Yohan Blake.

Jamaican Bolt crossed in 19.78 with De Grasse clocking a Canadian record 19.80 despite both smiling and laughing at each other in the closing stages of the second of three heats.

Athletics - Men's 200m Semifinals © REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi Athletics - Men's 200m Semifinals

American Gatlin looked well placed to join them as he led the third heat but he eased off prematurely and was overhauled in a mass finish on the line and his 20.13 was not good enough to make it as a fast loser.

Fellow American LaShawn Merritt was the only other man under 20 seconds and he also looked strong and comfortable going into Thursday's final.

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