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Andre De Grasse, Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin reach 100m final at worlds

Andre De Grasse, Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin reach 100m final at worlds

Posted by PanamericanWorld on August 23, 2015

Canada's Andre De Grasse reached the men's 100-metre final at the world championships in Beijing on Sunday by matching Jamaican star Usain Bolt with a time of 9.96 seconds to top their semifinal heat.

Justin Gatlin, the fastest man in the world this year, won the second semifinal heat in 9.77 to advance along with fellow American Mike Rodgers (9.86).

Canada's Aaron Brown finished seventh in that group, failing to advance to the final.

American Tyson Gay (9.96) and Jamaica's Asafa Powell (9.97) topped the third semifinal to move on.

Rounding out the field for a rare nine-man final will be France's Jimmy Vicaut, American Trayvon Bromell and China's Bingtian Su, who all ran 9.99 to earn the spots that go to the fastest runners who finish outside the top two in their semifinals.

De Grasse, a 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., is competing in his first world championships. He won 100m and 200m gold at the Pan Am Games last month, and also won the NCAA titles at those distances this year.

Bolt is the reigning world and Olympic champion in both events.

Gatlin ran a 9.74 at the Diamond League meet in Doha in May. He won Olympic 100m gold in 2004 and bronze in 2012, serving a four-year doping ban in the interim.

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