As expected, all five top contenders won their opening 100 heats: Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and 2004 Olympic champion Justin Gatlin, in addition to Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake.
LONDON — Before and after overcoming a sloppy start to his London Olympics, Usain Bolt raised his right index finger, as if to declare: “I’m No. 1!”
Well, on this day, he was merely OK.
Hardly dazzling after so much anticipation, Bolt was pedestrian out of the blocks — his reaction time ranked sixth of the eight runners in his heat — then insisted all that mattered was that he made it to the semifinals by shrugging off that poor beginning to win his race in 10.09 seconds Saturday.
“I stumbled on the start,” the 25-year-old Jamaican said.