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Powell simply gave a thumbs up after winning his heat in 10.16. He held the world record for three years until Bolt broke it.
Powell has overcome a chest injury that sidelined him for much of the season, but insists that's healed and what fans are most interested in is how he responds to pressure. Never known as a big-race performer, he finished fifth at the Athens Olympics and third at last year's world championships, pulling up at the end.
Americans Darvis Patton and Walter Dix also advanced. Dix qualified for the U.S. team in the 200 and it is he, not Gay, who has a chance at two individual medals.
"I felt controlled, good start, did exactly what I wanted to do in that race," Dix said after finishing third, in 10.35.
Dix was set to run in the second-round heat with Powell, while Patton was placed in the same race with Gay. On Saturday, the final 16 go in the semifinals, with the final set later the same day.
The fastest time of the morning was 10.13, run by Tyrone Edgar of Britain.
The first track and field medals were to be handed out later Friday in the shot put, and Americans Reese Hoffa, Christian Cantwell and Adam Nelson all made it through to preserve the possibility of a sweep.
The 315-pound Hoffa has put out the tantalizing prospect of a gymnastics celebration -- a roundoff back tuck -- if he wins gold in the evening session.
His plans for the midday break?
"Probably play a few video games," he said. "Something like with the Wii, where you don't have to push buttons."
Nelson, meanwhile, was heading straight to physical therapy. He has sore ribs after hurting himself in training Monday. The two-time Olympic silver medalist said he'll tough it out.
"It's a case of mind over matter," Nelson said. "If I breathe or turn the wrong way, it bothers me."
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