Usain Bolt will take up his place in the men's 100m semi-final at the Olympics today after qualifying from his heat with a pedestrian 10.09s run.
Bolt (8/11 To Win The 100m Gold) was sixth-slowest to react at the start of his heat but recovered well to win and progress, but wasn't free from criticism. Much hinges on whether Bolt can rediscover the form that saw him tear up the Beijing Olympics and subsequently set a blistering world record in the 100m and the 200m. Compatriot Yohan Blake (5/4 To Win 100m Gold) will be hopeful that that doesn't happen, and instead the Bolt on show on Sunday will be the injury-plagued, and arguably at times, disinterested opponent that Blake has gotten the better of twice this season already.
Asafa Powell (40/1 To Win Olympic Gold) will complete the Jamaican contingent, but the main competition to Blake and Bolt will come from Americans Justin Gatlin, Ryan Bailey and Tyson Gay (25/1 To Win Olympic Gold), although British fans will have their eyes firmly fixed on Adam Gemili and Dwayne Chambers (150/1 To Win Olympic Gold). Both will have a tough job on their hands to make the final, but 18-year-old Gemili (200/1 To Win Olympic Gold) knows he needs to make the last eight to face Usain Bolt, something the former footballer is desperate to do: "The Big Man is who I want to run against, Powell has done big things in sprinting, but I'd love to be in the same race as the Big Man, Usain Bolt."