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ALL THE main protagonists for the men’s 100m qualified for tomorrow’s (August 5) semi-finals at the Olympic Stadium.

Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin respectively all won their heats.

The fastest qualifier was a surprise however, as USA’s Ryan Bailey equalled his personal best of 9.88 seconds in heat three.

Defending champion Bolt strolled home in a time of 10.08 seconds in heat four while world champion and Jamaican team-mate Yohan Blake eased to victory in heat six in exactly 10 seconds.

Gatlin, who won Olympic gold at the 2004 Athens Games, crossed the finish line in 9.97 seconds in heat two while American compatriot Gay was first in heat one in 10.08 seconds.

Former world record holder Asafa Powell also triumphed, winning heat five in 10.04 seconds.

There were also stellar performances from a British perspective for Dwain Chambers, James Dasaolu and Adam Gemili, who all booked their places for the semi-finals.

Chambers won the seventh and final heat in a season’s best time of 10.02 seconds while Dasaolu also achieved a season’s best, finishing third in heat four with 10.13 seconds just behind Bolt and Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey

World junior champion Gemili finished second behind Powell in 10.11 seconds.

From a Caribbean perspective aside from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago pair Richard Thompson and Keston Bledman were unimpressive.

Thompson, a silver medallist behind Bolt four years ago, was second in a heat one in a modest time of 10.14 seconds, while Bledman - who has run 9.86 seconds this year - ran marginally faster with 10.13 seconds to finish third behind Chambers.

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