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Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Justin Gatlin in Men's 200m Round 1 Heats, Athletics Live updates from Rio Olympics 2016

Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin have already qualified.
Updated: 16 August 2016 21:55 IST - Published: 16 August 2016 19:59 IST
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These are the final results 

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De Grasse looked good there, he finished with the best time in the qualifying with 20:09. He is definitely one to look out for. Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake finished second.

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The last heat is about to start, look out for Andre de Grasse who won Bronze in the 100 m.

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Ejowvokoghene Oduduru of Nigeria finishes second. Actually, to be honest I forgot there were others in the race.

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Dare I say he jogged through the last 30 meters. This guy is absolutely phenomenal. 

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Total disdain from Bolt, he makes sure that he finishes first.

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Bolt puts his fingers on his lips, and the whole stadium has gone quiet.

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The world's eyes on the showstopper as he appreciates the applause of the crowd.

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He tries a dummy start. This will be his last race. Arguably the best sprinter the world has ever seen.

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A deafening cheer as Bolt enters the field.

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The favorites Lemaitre and Merritt qualify for the two automatic qualification places. No surprises here.

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Merritt of USA in this heat, he has already won a bronze in the 400 m. It will be interesting to see how he does in 200 m.

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Heat 8 is about to start.

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Churandy Martina of Netherlands and Brendon Rodney of Canada were going neck to neck for most of the race, but the Dutch athlete picks up the automatic place. 

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A very close race, Nery Brenes was trailing but he finished in a very respectable 20:20 to win the race. He seemed to be holding back as well.

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A glimpse of Usain Bolt, and he plays up to the camera as usual, with a victory sign for the fans. What a legend.

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They finished at 20:15 secs and 20:20 secs respectively. A very good time.

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Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica and Adam Gemili of Great Britain have qualified, to be honest they left the chasing pack quite far away. Very professional from the two.

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Heat 6 is about to start.

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Matteo Galvan and Ramon Gittens had a very close finish, both finishing at 20:58 secs, but Matteo Galvan of Italy gets the nod.

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Gatlin didn't start well, but he had more than enough to pick up the win. Very professional.

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Martinez is the other athlete to look out for in this race.

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Justin Gatlin in lane 4, and the American will look to lay down a marker for Men's 200 m.

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Justin Gatlin at the fifth Heat.

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Along with Herrera, Roberto Skyers has qualified.

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Jose Carlos Herrera take a bow, what a run in the fourth heat.

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They both finished at 20:23 secs, it'll be heartbreaking for Brown he fails to finish among the 4 fastest to qualify to the semi-final.

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Salem Eid Yaqoob qualifies as the first place qualifier. It was very close between Ramil Guliyev and Aaron Brown, but Ramil get's the nod by one-hundredth of a second.


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That was a very close race. It was a photo finish between the 2nd and 3rd place.

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The third heat is about to start!

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Bruno Hortelano finished the heat at 20:12 secs and Yohan Blake finished at 20:13 secs.

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Yohan Blake easily in the lead, but towards the last ten metres he seemed to have relaxed and Bruno Hortelano of Spain beat him to the first place.

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The second Heat is about to start! 

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A huge cheer as Yohan Blake takes to field, it'll be interesting to see how he does after he missed out narrowly to a 100 m medal.

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Alonso Edward of Panama and Daniel Talbot of Great Britain have qualified from the first heat.

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False start! Demetrius Pinder of Bahrain was disqualified, he was one of the favorites to go through. Shame.


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The Heats are about to start, the first heat is on.

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Usain Bolt has laid down the marker ahead of the race, he's confident that he'll be able to better his best of 19.19 sec he recorded in 2009 " I think if I can get a good night's rest after the semi-finals, it's possible" he said, "I'm going to leave it all on the track and do the best I possibly can"