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Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin set up 200m final showdown at world championships

Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin set up 200m final showdown at world championships

Posted by PanamericanWorld on August 26, 2015

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin will meet again in the 200-metre final at the world track and field championships after both men won their respective semifinal heats Wednesday in Beijing.

Bolt was grinning widely after crossing in 19.95 seconds, coasting for about 60 meters and checking the stadium screens high up in the stands of the Bird's Nest to see if someone could come close. As usual, none did.

In the previous semifinal heat, Gatlin, unbeaten over two years in the 200, ran 19.87 seconds but worked a little longer than Bolt before easing up.

Bolt is trying for his fourth consecutive 200m world title. He won the 100m crown for the third time on Sunday, edging Gatlin at the line by 0.01 of a second.

"I'm looking forward to it," Bolt said. "This is my favourite event."

Canada's Brendon Rodney did not advance. The Brampton, Ont., native, who ran a personal-best 20.18 in Tuesday's heats, finished last in his semifinal group in 20.46.

Campbell-Brown DQ'd, Canadians advance

In the women's 200 heats, Veronica Campbell-Brown rounded the curve and kept going and going, straight into the next lane.

The Jamaican started in Lane 5 and wound up in Lane 6. She won her heat, but running out of your lane leads to disqualification.

British sprinter Margaret Adeoye was shocked to see Campbell-Brown suddenly appear in front of her.

Campbell-Brown, the 2011 world champion in the event, didn't stop to talk after her mistake, saying she was, "having a headache."

Two of the three Canadians entries advanced to the semifinals. Kimberly Hyacinthe and Khamica Bingham both finished third in their respective heats to earn an automatic qualifying spot.

Crystal Emmanuel was fourth in her heat and fell short of one of the three wild-card spots given to the three fastest runners who finished outside the top three in their heats.

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