Bolt, who announced on Monday that he would
also run in the heats, will race for the last time in the final
on Saturday when he hopes to bow out with his 20th global
Running the last leg, Bolt eased home, looking over his
shoulder, as Jamaica won the second of the two semi-final heats
in 37.95 seconds, ahead of France (38.03) and China (38.20).
Jamaica are aiming for a fifth successive world title in the
event but will face a stiff challenge from the U.S. who won the
first heat in 37.70 seconds, with Christian Coleman, silver
medalist in the 100 meters, running the anchor leg.
"It feels like second nature because we work well together. We
are confident we can win. We will go and prepare well for
tonight," said Michael Rogers, who ran the first leg for the
Britain were second in the first heat in 37.76, also faster than
Jamaica's time, while Japan were third. Canada and Turkey also
qualified as the fastest losers.
Bolt's presence ensured a capacity crowd for the morning
session. "It's hard to be sad because of the energy I'm getting
from the crowd," said the Jamaican, who suffered a rare defeat
in the 100 meters when he took bronze.
(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Toby Davis)
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