Usain Bolt, Justin Gatlin advance to 100m final

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin both won their semifinal heats, setting up a much-anticipated showdown tonight’s 100m final.

Bolt clocked 9.86 seconds, his fastest time in 2016. Only Gatlin and fellow U.S. sprinter Trayvon Bromell have run faster this year.

2004 Olympic 100m champion Gatlin ran 9.94 seconds. His season’s best is 9.80 seconds.

Bolt, the fastest man of all time, is attempting to become the first man to win three consecutive Olympic gold medals. He has never lost in an Olympic final.

The 100m final will be held tonight at 9:25 p.m. ET. Watch LIVE online.

Field for the 100m final (semifinal time):

Usain Bolt (9.86 seconds)
Andre De Grasse (9.92 seconds)
Justin Gatlin (9.94 seconds)
Jimmy Vicaut (9.95 seconds)
Ben Youssef Meite (9.97 seconds)
Akani Simbine (9.98 seconds)
Yohan Blake (10.01 seconds)
Trayvon Bromell (10.01 seconds) provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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